Darren and Rob’s Movie Challenge Week #14 – Rob’s Challenge – Dead Man (1995)


Darren and Rob'sBeing that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)

Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.

Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..

dead man” If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite” – William Blake

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Sep 2015)

Brief Synopsis – In the old West, an accountant from Cleveland travels westward to start a new job and finds his life turned upside down when he gets there.

My Take on it – When I checked out this movie after Darren suggested it, I was a bit shocked that I had never heard of it beforehand because it came out in the mid-90’s when star Johnny Depp was already considered a daring and professional actor.

The overall tone of the movie falls into a realm that is far from being my favorite; it was too quirky and existential instead of telling a straight story.

There were many modern cultural references peppered throughout the movie and most of them hit the mark for me but I couldn’t really connect to the story or characters enough.

I think the casting of Depp was a good one because he excels at this kind of role, but I personally found the pacing to be a bit slow for me.

The movie also dragged a bit at certain points and had it been slightly shorter, I think it could have been better.

Bottom Line – Too existential and quirkly for my taste. I found a number of the cultural references spot on but couldn’t connect with the story or the characters themselves. Depp is good in this kind of role but the pacing is too gradual and the movie is a bit too long.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nobody tells William Blake, “Drag your wagon and plow over the bones of the dead.” This is a passage from William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”. It is also a lyric from Tom Waits song “How’s It Gonna End,” who stars in several of Jim Jarmusch’s films. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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