So I finally saw the film, with some expectations.
First things first, i really like the music, yeah the deep voice is very deep but its okay. And to the telling of the story by the lyrics, well iam luck to be a non-natural english speaker there, having the ability to overhear what the lyrics actually say; this also explains huge succes of shitty groups like take that in germany, but anyway the lyrics did not bother me,
What bothered me was another thing. People in this topic praise this film for its great story. Okay opinions are opinion, but where the hell is there a story; during watching the film i was thinking"interestingly attempt to shot a movie without a script" untill i read in the review that they actually did not use a script, oops.
Seriously there are just too many aspects that are tackled but not handled properly. Racial discussion (indian vs whites, whites vs blacks, blacks vs indians (nobody knows why keoma also racially abuses the black dude)), family conflicts, the bad guy running a town (what his real motivations of keeping people away from medicine are is still unclear to me), the pest situation and all it causes and of course the “subtle” sympbolism, from putting keoma on a cross(hey its jesus) to carrying him for a pregnant women (who is not welcome in the village, anybody? yup you guessed right its maria) to the old women(is she indina, his mother, death an omen; or as my best guess is: They saw mother courage and her children by brecht and used this image, she also had a carriage).
So the story is very bad in my eyes, and there are no surprises, or was anybody shocked that caldwell shot the father and that the brothers than shot caldwell. And the plotholes, didnt the doctor call the cavalry when he collected the medicine or did he forget to do this???
This sounds like i hated the film. Well it is not really that bad, but the movie could have been much better. I liked the main cast, Berger as the father even though it was strange that he was taking sides while he was portrayed as more balanced in the flashbacks. Nero is great as always and Strode is also good, i liked the brothers too.
And some of the action is nice, not the fist fight with his brothers, but some other stuff. But it is mainly a killing fiest for keoma and his father for surprisingly save each other a million times in the last second, that is how you create suspense, not.
Some slow mo scenes are cool but smetimes it is just too much.
And the ending, hmm maybe it tried to be shocking, but it just confused me. So you can say that it is supposed to be confusing like the character of the women, but i have the bad feeling they did not think too much about that stuff. It was probably more like, lets do something shocking at the end, after we showed perfectly how close life and death are (ohh how subtle again, keoma takes away the life oh his half-brothers the same minute a child is born, to top it off the mother also dies by giving new life). But actually the final has some suspense and the secenes where they are looking for each other mixed in with the cries of birhtgiving are very atmospheric, something the film does not over very often. But then this final ends too fast with the shooting of the brothers which all is too dark and fast to follow.
So i think what it lacked mostly next to a proper story or script and general idea where it wants to go with the movie, is the lack of atmosphere. Yes I know the sets look good and the actors are mostly convincing. But somehow there is nothing that keeps me interested in contrast to great silence for example, that also has a lone gunfighter battle with a corrupt town who is surpressed.
Dont know why but it lacks atmo for me.
So it is not a top 20 one for me, over long does not know what it wants overuse of slow mo etc.
p.s. thanks for firefox autosave, my computer crashed while writing(maybe it likes keoma better than I do ;D) and i was on the verge of going off like SD; but it allmost restored all i wanted to say.
A task which i could not have done, since writing this is like catharsis out it comes and its source is forgotten 8)
anyways good to have seen a new sw, which was areally long time.