Ok, well lets start with the flaws.
First lets touch on the score. Which I must say isnt half bad. For the most part it works well. Though I could do without the vocals, I can say that about most original scores. Even still, the vocals arent an issue, in fact the music is rather catchy, at least until it starts getting really obvious that they are simply singing(obviously stating) about what we are seeing on screen. Even still not that bad, until the dude jumps in. Especially with his “wanna die”. Still the music wasnt enough to really hurt the film at all.
Then theres the fact that characters pop up out of nowhere once in a while, at the most opportune times(or not so opportune). And that brings me to the old lady? I understand she represented something more, but who exactly was she and why did she seem to magically appear constantly? Was she really there at all? I though that perhaps she didnt even exist, at least not in the physical realm but then that means he simply left a new born alone in the middle of nowhere. This possibly isnt even a flaw(at least in regards to the old women) since its very likely deliberate.
A couple other issues I had that didnt really detract from the film but still stood out were the fact that Nero sounded a bit to Italian for a “half breed” American and the open landscapes didnt really look like western USA.
Once again all small issues that didnt harm the film in the end too much. One thing that did though was the ending. But thats really based more on personal opinion than it being a flaw per say. With Keoma leaving home all the time only to return because he didnt know what he was really meant to do with his life, I felt a fitting ending would have been for him to realize that after all the killing and traveling he was meant to settle down and be a father to the child as his father was for him.
Just leaving the kid with a old women that cant take care of a kid really didnt fly with me. Neither did his freedom line since IMO it didnt really fit in with the themes touched upon throughout the film. But with that said, Keoma does always return home so maybe fate will bring him back and the next time hell realize hes meant to stay and take care of the kid.
Ok, now with the flaws(or personal opinions) out of the way lets get to the pros. Like for instance…The film was great. The dialog was actually pretty deep and meaningful, characters were developed nicely, the acting was solid, cinematography was impressive, etc.
I actually believed the emmotions and relationships in the film and actually felt a connection of some form. I was invested and moved. I also dug when the slow mo was used to show how fast Keoma was compared to the rest by showing him take out a number of dudes before another guy could even draw his gun.
Also I have to say Berger is one of the best actors in the genre Ive seen so far. Granted Ive only seen him in a couple of film but a Banjo is one of the best spag characters Ive seen yet and his performance in this was very good.
Anyway, great film, the only thing that kind of bugs me is the ending, but still a 4 star film. Id be interested in hearing other peoples takes on the ending. As well as on the old women.