Dead Man - 1995 (R)


Year of Release: 1995
Rated: R
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Approx. Running Time: 121 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 2 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

"Genuinely Outstanding!"
-L.A. Weekly

Johnny Depp (Sleepy Hollow, The Astronaut's Wife) delivers a remarkable performance in this highly acclaimed tale of adventure and intrigue in the wild, wild West!

A young man in search of a fresh start, William Blake (Depp), embarks on an exciting journey to a new town...never realizing the danger that lies ahead. But when a heated love triangle ends in double murder, Blake finds himself a wanted man, running scared - until a mysterious loner (Gary Farmer) teaches him to face the dangers that follow a "dead man." With an outstanding supporting cast including Gabriel Byrne (End Of Days, Stigmata) and Robert Mitchum (Cape Fear), and a sizzling soundtrack by Neil Young, Dead Man is another motion picture triumph from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.

"Jim Jarmusch's Best Movie!"
-Los Angeles Times

My Comments:

This is one weird-ass movie about a "stupid fucking white man" named William Blake who goes from an average guy to a killer who, as the movie progresses, loses himself. While it has some comedic elements, it is overall a very dark film (and is shown in black and white) full of metaphors that leaves the viewer feeling a little confused and unsure.

Speaking of uncertainty, I really can't decide if I even liked the film. Oh, and on a completely random note, I'm guessing the writer/director is a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fan. Benmont Tench? That's the keyboardist for the Heartbreakers.

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Rated R (MPAA)
2 Stars
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