A collection of international tourists from Japan, Italy, and the U.K. find themselves in a seedy hotel in the American city of Memphis, in three loosely-related tales surrounding the town’s musical legacy.
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It's the good from Stranger Than Paradise, the good from Down by Law, and the bad from Down by Law (there's no bad in Stranger Than Paradise...) By then, Jarmusch had a pretty honed thing going on with his hip detached allure & self-conscious, hyperstylized skits. Here, the concept sets him up for way more than he actually achieves - the overall feel is a bit flaccid... But still a lot of fun. Also, JiffySquid! 3.5
Fuck this shit. I was hoping this one I'd like. The shots are amazing but the story and its characters are so boring. I couldn't manage to like anyone besides Steve Buscemi but just because his Buscemi. When the movie gets to his part, I was already extreme bored and didn't care for the movie at all. The japanese girl is cool but her mate is so WTF did you settle for this guy? GR! Boring!
Mystery Train is Jarmusch's first mature color film, and it's a staggering achievement in that regard. It is one of the finest looking color films of its time. Of any time. The thrice segmented spine that serves the parallel stories is the kind of one-thing-done-multiple-times gimmick that Jarmusch had not yet worn out. The level of fun-and-invention-per-square-inch is dizzying. Chock-a-block w/ sublime actor-stuffs.
Mystery Train weaves together three strange stories in a barren and funky Memphis, Tennessee. I love the oddball comedy and beautiful scenes with neon lights. The third part begins to drag, but the atmosphere is irresistible nonetheless.
An indelible piece of cinema. I love the Japanese couple and their sheer awe at everything that is America. Jarmusch is one of those directors who can strip a film down to its essentials but at the same time pack it full of cool details. Gotta' love his beautiful tracking shots, too. God, the cinematography! BEAUTIFUL! And a great soundtrack of course. One of my new favorites.