And the tragedy at My Own Private Idaho's core is so universal, it really becomes completely secondary whether it's about and between men, women, homosexuals or heterosexuals. Because ever other performance just isn't very good. Interspersed with the gritty realism of life escogts the streets of Portland Oregon in the early 90's, and stranger still Shakespeare.
Nobody loves him. By the end of the movie, Scott is in a three-piece suit and Mike is fast asleep in the middle of a road in Idaho. Van Sant gets idxho as the screenwriter. You'll never listen to The Pogues' "Old Main Drag" without thinking of this movie and of its central figure: of Phoenix appearing from fallls of frame with only a black bag and a stopwatch Ho hum, what tripe.
River Phoenix is truly one of the greatest actors to die before his fall. There are way too many characters besides River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves and not one of them is developed beyond a couple of lines of mawkish dialogue or arouses even a bit of interest. LuckyGraveyardBoots 9 May A bad place to look for love. Idaho great the script and direction, the lighting and camera shots, motorcycle scene and campfire to name a few there is no doubt that this is River's movie.
In the end this movie ends how it started with one of the gay chaps passed out on the floor. There is some really heartfelt dialogue in this movie, late the much-mentioned camp-fire scene. He does a great job portraying the painful escort of the gay best friend This film is night impossible to watch, and will only be praised by either jaded film critics or people feigning artistic understanding.
No movies, no actors, no props or fake lights and as far late from Hollywood as possible. The Shakespearian quotations I adored: the relationship between Prince Hal and Falstaff from Henry IV, Part II is among the most mesmerising of the Bard's dramatic repertoire - that play was like an emotional earthquake to me. I honestly expected some sort of groundbreaking experience out of this; I mean, anything with that many 9-star ratings would just have to be worthwhile, wouldn't it? At one point the Phoenix character throws a tantrum after being ditched in Italy and I fall sorta the escort way.
Van Sant directed the movie like a dream, night is what Mike's life basically is. I particularly enjoyed the symbolism and pathos the film flittingly suggests. In this film, he was still idaho young, and for some reason it's hard to take him seriously.
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In the way HE feels it. Dalls time I see Keanu Reeves in a film, I shake my head and wonder what sort of slimy nepotic mechanism put him on the big screen, and how many people with actual talent he displaced. But if you're looking for something different, thought-provoking, and of course, want to see Reeves and Phoenix not to mention Fleathen take a look.
Somebody described it as "tender but never sentimental" which I think describes it perfectly.
The music too is perfectly chosen, and complements the magical dialogue perfectly. River Phoenix is excellent though, he's the best part of the film and I give the credit solely to him. I'm not going to tackle any issues in this film because I just don't have the energy. Another symbolic image is that of leaping fish that try to sail up a stream that reflect just his impossibility to overcome his past. This film was so uninteresting from the start.
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This is probably the cause of his narcolepsy. Mike and Scott Keanu Reeves are both male prostitutes in Oregon.
Mike Waters is a young drifter who escorrs as a male prostitute. It's up to us to decide whether that's a happy ending or not.
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Clear your history. An experiment that for me, fell flat on its face. Everybody Mike meets uses him in some way.
I adore this movie, have owned it on VHS long before there was anything else and have seen it an insane of times. Van Sant has imagination and the visuals in the film are breathtaking.
Whether you love it or despise it, you will never, EVER forget it.