If nothing else, Uncle Boonmee graphically illustrates the cultural differences between East and West.
Set in a society where spirits and reincarnation are accepted realities, Uncle Boonmee tells the tale of a terminally ill man preparing for death by interacting and making his peace with the spirit world. It is one of the most ponderous and meditative films I've ever seen, with lots of almost static shots and long silent pauses. In fact, I was on the verge of pressing the fast-forward button on a few occasions, when the next scenario opened into something quite profound and beautiful. In particular, the princess and the catfish section and Boonmee leading the others to the depths of a primordial cave, where blind albino fish swim in a tiny pool and where he believed he was first born, were memorable and haunting. Several other scenes though I simply did not get. Amongst the wtf moments were the static shots of the militia with the man in the unconvincing gorilla suit and the seemingly pointless scene of the young monk taking a shower.
Furthermore, I didn't really get any satisfying sense of closure by the ending, which just kinda peters out. Extras on the Blu-ray include an interview with the director, which sheds some (but not much) light on his motivation and intentions behind this movie.
So there we have it; an occasionally beautiful and profound film, but which may be simply too alien and impenetrable for most Western viewers. If you're open minded though, Boonmee is certainly worth a look and I have no regrets in spending a couple of hours in its sometimes mesmerising but sometimes baffling and frustrating company.