To me, it started very well, and peaked just as quickly as the redneck in the woods.
It began intriguingly; immediately captivating me with beautiful cinematography, then the famous duelling banjos scene, watching what looked like an inbred being tremendously talented, yet showing signs of great hostility - I felt an exciting mystery and foreboding, which I was keen to explore. Then basically a guy got done up the bum, they went down the river (like getting done up the bum by a manky redneck happened now and then) and after two moments of concern, the film finished.
So I really liked the film, but I wish that the story had been as beautiful as the cinematography. If the film was rice, it would still be quite crunchy.
I was expecting a real hunt, where their vulnerability on the river would lead to multiple attacks, and twists in the plot. We just got: banjo, boat, bot, boat, bad guy, boat, bed. Crap.
But it was so well filmed, I'd watch it again. I put it near.... But not alongside ... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Started great....fizzled out.
I lost respect for it when the guy got raped, then strolled through the woods like he wasn't that bothered :D maybe if I watch the film a few times, I may discover parallels, lessons, messages.. I would watch it again.
But my lasting impression is that it was half baked. I'm sure the rape scene was truly shocking in 1972, but it just made me laugh. I thought it would be the catalyst for the ensuing mayhem which surely was on its way.... But the mayhem never came. I just thought "at least the redneck's kerplunk got washed off when he fell in the river'.
The pacing is strange, it feels like we enter into the movie too late and leave it too soon. I would have liked to have gotten to know the characters a bit better. But in general I found this a refreshing watch - a tempest in a teacup. I can't tell if it says a lot about movies or a lot about me personally when I find movies that focus on one or two murders as life changing events a refreshing topic for once.
Ps- Did Drew just kill himself?? That's sad. Also now that I've seen the rape scene it disturbs me how often it gets quoted as funny. It's really creepy.
Really not sure what all the hype is about. There was nothing good about this movie despite the great cast and interesting premise.
A camping trip gone bad. And that's it. There might be an overall theme or some hidden ones, but overall, it's a camping trip gone bad.
It's also pretty predictable in major parts.
Intense, terrifying, and well acted, Deliverance stands as one of the most classic thrillers.