This is an excellent film. The kind of b-grade movie that deserves to be given a-grade accolades, or what I call a "b-plus movie". These are the best kind of movies, actually, because the technical aspects not only of writing but also filming and effects all show an enormous amount of love and willpower on behalf of the entire crew and cast. There is a great deal of dedication on display, here, and thunderous applause is more than well-deserved. One of the sweetest, goofiest, finely detailed, well-executed joyrides I've ever sat through, "The Void", Starring @McDowellMalc. Bravo!
I feel sort of torn about this film. It's definitely a must-see, even for the squeamish - it'll put hair on your chest. But I haven't yet had the urge to watch it a second time and can't imagine what I would get out of watching it again. It just leaves such a strong impression that you're not likely to forget much of it any time soon. And the tale falls kind of flat at the end. Knowing there's that disappointing ending ahead doesn't exactly lend magnetism to the idea of sitting through it again, the entire (very long) thing, especially once all the surprises are gone. I dunno. I mean there's really not much bad to say about a film when the worst you can say about it is really just all the primordial, generic complaints about really great stories in general. I guess that's it. It's a really, really great story. It's superbly shot, choreographed, made up, costumed, everything. It's all just about perfect. But in the end the movie itself doesn't captivate me too well. However, if I held more of an avid interest in vast, snowy, American wildernesses or the time period of the 1820's (or Hugh Glass as a historical figure) perhaps this movie would be like a godsend. I mean it really is a breathtaking film. So I have to take into consideration that maybe it wasn't meant for me. And if I was the sort of person this film was meant for, "hoo doggie". And I honestly have a lot of respect for all of the choices that went into making this film. So, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The missing half star is because it just doesn't strike me as particularly re-watchable.
Ah, this is great. It's a bit beyond hilarious. Problem is, the whole movie's one long running gag about how tiresome and awful life was in the middle ages. If you can get along with that, you won't be disappointed by the end, you'll be doubled over and screaming with laughter.
This is the most qualified review I could ever possibly write. After having watched 1000s of other films across 30 years since I first watched this movie something like 100 times, I can say: Ladyhawke IS. THE. best film... ever made.