Hopper's meta-meta non-narrative is an impulsive exercise in seeing just how far you can demolish the method of film and retain any type of meaning, and that it does to great, infuriating effect. Apparently Jodorowsky encouraged Hopper to go balls-to-the-wall in the editing process, and it certainly shows. That there's any meaning in this movie at all is proof that film is a miracle mouthpiece of the human condition.
I remember my first viewing of it I loved it and was inspired, excited by it. Second viewing I didnt like it as much and found the disorder of it frustrating. But, the core ideas and many of the scenes are alive and taking American movies to a new place. Much wasted potential. Great original script idea; but, definitely a Graham Greene debt and definitely a narcotic influence unfortunately.
Horrible movie, amazing cast. Looks like it could have been good. In the drug haze that is this film there can be found some amazing moments. Pity Hopper couldn't pull it together. Perhaps next time I'll get massively drunk and and pop pills to watch this. I'm seeing so many stars/positive reviews I must be missing something.
This is the product of Universal throwing money at Hopper and telling him to do whatever with it. The film is a complete mess, the occasional interesting scene can't save the other 95% of the movie. I'm fine with a lack of plot, but at least give me some interesting characters that i actually want to watch. Pretty much a waste of time.