While the aesthetics are not near the level of master directors such as Kieslowski or Wong Kar Wai, Mack Polhemus does a capable and insightful job of capturing the tribulations of two families. The movie is based very loosely on Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Polhemus demonstrates the mastery that he possesses of Macbeth by interpreting it towards a more modernized version of a 90's like story. It is very evident that this was shot for a very little amount of money; however, it does not necessarily affect the quality of the picture itself. In fact, one might attain a more homegrown feel that is welcome into a delightful little movie as this. In no way is this movie a masterpiece; yet, it accomplishes a couple of tasks. 1) it displays what it wants to say 2) has a couple of memorable scenes 3) introduces a welcome debut to a director who could be headed for better things with more resources and experience (which is what the scottish tale will do for him).
Today in my AP United States History class, I assumed that I would be enlightened with a feature film about United States history. When I walked in, I did not expect to see a flick like Jeremiah Johnson. Let me say this, it blew my mind how much of a stereotypical view of the world this movie is. Apparently, Indians are the stupidest people in the world; Robert Redford has an orgasm after he teaches someone how to say "yes"; and everyone has a heavy drawl. Now I realize that it had something to do with Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis, but I sure hope my character wasn't shaped by this retard. To date, I have seen half of the movie. I don't really want to watch the second half, but I will be forced to. Couple of things I did like: 1)zoom-up of Redford which makes him look stupider. 2)"I make damn good biscuits boy" (In case you didn't know, I was being sarcastic) Something I really did like: my vote 1/10