My Own Private Idaho deserves 5 stars for the awe inspiring fact that Gus Van Sant seamlessly manages to weave poetic cinema and emotionally immersive narrative with characters defined by their over the top hammy shakespearean prose- without distracting from the film (though kenau is at his best when silently reflecting, rather than reciting shakespearean insults)
I watched this film for the first time in 1992 and it was a 'before and after moment. By far the best Van Sant film and River magnificent talent as its best, his performance is superb, 25 years on and I still get goosebumps every time I watch it. Like Keanu said, this is not a movie, its a FILM.
Got to admit that this was kind of a letdown... All the praise and good reviews made me expect something better. The plot is convoluted (places and people came and went in a messy way) the chemistry between Reeves and Phoenix was barely none (probably because Scott was such and shitty character and Mickey was doing all the emotional work) and the overall vibe is that it had potential but Van Sant couldn't deliver it.
(...)Mike sucht nach Liebe, doch wenn er ehrlich ist, braucht er jemanden, der ihm Schutz bietet, der ihn hält. Grosse mentale Schäden erlitt er während seiner Kindheit, nun sucht er nach einer Obhut - ganz gleich, ob bei einem Mann oder einer Frau. Einen klassischen Hollywood Plot bekommen wir dabei nicht geboten. Der Film treibt - genauso wie das Leben der Beiden auf keinen festen Punkt zu.