A surreal western? Count me in! This is SO surreal that the acting and action sequences are sometimes stilted and unnatural, but I'm thinking the former is an artistic thing and the latter is due to a limited budget. This is a strange ride indeed but the dialogue keeps us entertained, injecting life into these unique characters. Unfortunately, I'm no William Blake master, so I'm not certain if being intimately familiar with the author would enrich the experience for me, but I enjoy this film regardless.
God, I could watch Vera Farmiga ALL day. The lady controls the screen. I can never keep my eyes off her. I'm referring to her acting, as well, which is the highlight of the film. The story is good but not delivered effectively. It strives more for melodrama than reality. Also, I wish we were given a stronger sense of the husband. We just see him do some a couple shitty things and complain a couple times. I'm complaining about that, but I will NEVER complain about Vera Farmiga or the score, which I greatly dig.
One word I can think of for this, and that's "delightful." I enjoyed my time through 'Safety Not Guaranteed', enjoying the funny performances from its leads, but how necessary is that nerdy guy, honestly? And how necessary is Jake Johnson's character, or even his own storyline? It's not developed enough to merit worth. However, I greatly enjoy the Duplass-Plaza character relationship, as cliched as it ends up becoming, as well as the ultimate revelation at the end. But for me, one romp through this acoustic guitar-scored Sundance archetype is enough for me.