Dead Man (Ws) [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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counter culture western," which deconstructs the genre, reminiscent of some of the more eccentric westerns of the 1970's. Perhaps they feel justified in their role if they can put something into a box and then criticise it for not fitting into the contraints they themselves have placed it in?
This film is simply about the journey - actual and spiritual, of Johnny Depp's character who is changed forever by the people he meets on the way.
Ultimately though, the film is about death. Death of innocence, death of identity, and finally, bodily death. Shot entirely in monochrome, with a poignant soundtrack by Neil Young, there are some great cameo appearances throughout and some superb acting, as ever, by Michael Wincott as Conway Twill.
If you don't bring any pretensions to this movie, you will not come away disappointed. It proves that sometimes, the simplest concepts are beautiful because they are simple, and that sometimes, stories don't need to be told for any other reason than to be enjoyed.
The film is a slightly surreal yet deeply atmospheric look at innocence and experience (get the references to William Blakes poetry) and also takes in issues of spirituality as well as giving an alternative vision of the Western frontier. Gary Farmer is marvellous as 'Nobody' and Johnny Depp provides his usual powerful screen presence. Great soundrack, great cameos too.
I don't think I have the words to say how brilliant this film is. Other than from from time to time a film comes along that catches your imagination and something deep within you. These are rare occasions but this is one such occassion. Dead Man really is head and shoulders above so much else.
let the moody grungy guitar soundatrack drift you along with the story, and appreciate its almost hallucinagenic qualities.
A very strong film, with a unusual pace and high visual impact.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great entertaining film to watch if you like this genre.....thanks.Published 1 month ago by RealisticNick
This is a okay film it's not one of Johnny Depp's best films at times it is a very strange western at times I suppose being a Johnny Depp fan I expected far better.Published 5 months ago by Valerie Gail bartlett
Great actors, great characters, well shot, a real pleasure to watch, jim jarmusch has done it again.Published 11 months ago by Robert Williamson
Rather dated but loved this film. Johnny is very good as always.Published 14 months ago by Eileen Adams
I'm not sure quite what kind of film all the negative reviewers expected from Jim Jarmusch. Read more