What is so fascinating about this movie is the way it balances the ridiculous and sincere so well. Though outlandish at times, it's also effectively romantic and the ending is powerful. I'm stunned by the ability to capture both of those styles in one film. Obviously, the visuals are breathtaking.
The colours and sets really make this film. The style is at the centre of a Live Action/Manga/Spaghetti Western Venn diagram. I don't know whether I'm blown away or laughing out loud. Unfortunately, by the time you've become accustomed to the very creative vision, the plot and acting aren't enough to carry the rest of the film. Watch it just to be inspired, then never let it happen again.
A weird kind of pop art movie - everything seems to be possible at the same time: horses, cars, revolvers, bazookas: I loved the artificial colours, the use of different visual qualities (especially in the memory sequences) and the ironic moments. And I loved the iconic and musical references (the latter in spite of the horrible synthesized score).
There's some great ideas here. Sensory memory by use of colors tying together childhood memories with adulthood. Showcasing being a hero as essentially juvenile and cartoony, depicted as just a quest to recapture a handful of happy moments in a lifetime of hardships. Sounds great, but the filmmaker doesn't seem to trust the audience enough for the plot not feel labored during the talkier scenes. A fun experiment.