Utterly bonkers spaghetti Western pastiche, embraced by the old fuddie-duddies here in Oz as a "lovely" film (my mum). I'm on board for badass Winslet taking names, Weaving camping up a storm, Davis climbing the walls. Not so much when our badass becomes a victim without a plan. More Footrot Flats than Fistful of Dollars, an amusing cartoonish Western that doesn't mesh the tragedy so well.
This film is a patchwork of genres and tropes making it an enjoyable and interesting farcical drama. Its many elements, be it comedy, soap-opera, pastiche, somehow seem to come together and work. The narrative pace slumps at times but the whole thing is beautifully filmed and the costumes, surreally out of place, are a visual delight.
It's a farce. I wish somebody had told me! Despite all the beautiful cinematography and classy outfits, it's a farce. Personally I can't stand farce as a genre because it tries too hard to be funny and just comes out painfully awkward and stupid. There are people who can appreciate this sort of humour a great deal. I guess I'm not one of them.
This movie was beyond weird, and not necessarily in a good way. It riffs on the western genre paired with dashes of screwball comedy and noirish flavours. Somwhere in there is a romantic drama as well. It is quite difficult to reconcile all theser parts and the director does not succeed in that task. However, the movie is enjoyable, despite its´splintered identity, and offers inspired turns by Davis and Winslet.
This was actually a pretty delightful, surreal film. The start of it was a bit hard to watch (uncoordinated, random cartoon elements) but I found myself being moved, laughing + crying. If you find yourself looking for an old-timey yarn, something which is increasingly hard to find, but rightfully has its place and time, I'd recommend this film. Planning to re-watch with my eldery mum (and that's good praise!)
Cannes 2016 (Antipodes Selection). 3rd film viewed. Interminable & improbable Australian melo with Kate WINSLET. Big strings, indigent & indigestible scenario. ===== Festival de Cannes 2016 (Sélection des Antipodes). Interminable et invraisemblable mélostralien. Grosses ficelles indigestes et scénario indigent. Kate WINSLET arrive à faire passer le plat.
A film that feels like a mix of different genres including at least western, romantic comedy, thriller/horror, adult drama, slapstick and what not. You see that they’ve tried to squeeze a 300 page novel into two hours: the script rushes from one turn into another and doesn’t concentrate on anything. Nevertheless an entertaining and at times surprisingly bold flick of a town in dress frenzy. And nice dresses they are.