Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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The lone lure of this supernatural Western is a truly possessed performance by River Phoenix in his last completed role.
An alternately infuriating and exhilarating example of the Western as an art film.
A strangely satisfying and challenging piece of work, one that illustrates how elements of cinema, literature and theater can work in tandem, thanks to a recipe that is one part Poe and two parts Shakespeare.
Something deep and allegorical could be going on here, but Silent Tongue is at once so overwrought and desert-dull that you can't be bothered to investigate.
A bizarre, meandering and, finally, maddening mystical oater that will find few partisans.
Intriguing, then, but defiantly slow and awkward.
Too often, the mystical mise-en-scene and strange doings are left to speak for themselves, as though Shepard hopes that his film will be assumed to be profound because it is incomprehensible.
Most viewers will wonder what the heck it all means.
With its cache of salt-of-the-earth actors, garrulously defining themselves against the endless plains, and the lean, otherworldly feel, Silent Tongue scores as a rewarding, idiosyncratic venture, even if it does become indecipherably surreal by the end.
The atmosphere is potent, and it's impressively shot, but there's also a terrible lack of cohesion that makes the film's desperate reach for meaningfulness look increasingly laboured.
It's obvious that Shepard has a certain love for his subject, and he has made a compelling film. Like a good yarn, it is strengthened by over-the-top acting from Bates and Phoenix.
Unfortunately the film never held together in a cohesive way, and seemed forced and awkward at times.
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