Haggis must've been scribbling like mad when he watched this in the pre-production of Crash. Goes absolutely nowhere, says absolutely nothing interesting about race conflicts and human relations. Last of all: looks and feels so... bland. Like a lukewarm, weak cup of coffee. "All hat, no cattle" is really the best description for this shallow, lone star film. Painfully overrated.
This is about 'race relations' in a multi-cultural Texas-town close to the Mexican border & a murder mystery; closely interwoven. Numerous sub plots, lots of characters, big amount of flashbacks, but it doesn't become 'rich'. The 1st half of the movie is interesting, the 2nd is quite boring & uninspired. The movie is too long & lacks emotion. 2,5 stars.
The mystery itself is of little to no importance since this really is about the people, and Sayles clearly is a filmmaker with great compassion. Lone Star is the apex of indie filmmaking in the '90s and an extraordinarily engrossing film that reads just like a fine piece of literature.
A dense, rich novel splayed out onto a cinema screen, with more than ten distinct characters moving through their memories and the mysteries of time, molded into the shape of a juicy detective story, with John Sayles' liberal ideologies soaking all the way through to the casting choices -- everyone gets a voice, rare enough for the 90s. The copies floating around have a condensed VHS quality to them, for shame.
A film that has insightful things to say about ethnic conflict without becoming an overblown, ham-handed, rant-prone passion piece. After all, "Lone Star" is a fascinating and effective genre mash-up, above all. Cooper is a joy to watch, too. He's a phenomenal actor who rarely gets the screen time or the thoughtful, rich characters he deserves.
Fantastic multi-layered study of a Texan border community, race relations, father-son relationships, dealing with the past... All interwoven within a fascinating detective story. Chris Cooper gives a career defining performance. Kris Kristofferson is the embodiment of pure evil. Story telling at its finest.