Easy Rider (1969)

“No, I mean it, you’ve got a nice place. It’s not every man that can live off the land, you know. You do your own thing in your own time. You should be proud.” – Captain America

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two drifters travel from California to New Orleans on their motorcycles as they try to experience the counterculture life on the road.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard about for years, yet never had the urge to see what it was all about.

IT is quite often stated as the film that most represents the counter culture that was emerging at the end of the 60’s.

The story is told as an allegory for the times and is a bit too existential for my personal taste.

The way that the film depicts the Hipie lifestyle along with the use of recreational drugs and living in communes is interesting to watch and it allows the viewer an opportunity to get a long glimpse into something that wasn’t seen very often at the time.

The cast is superb with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper giving convincing performances here, but they are both out-shined by the small role that Jack Nicholson plays.

For his performance here, Nicholson received his very first Oscar nomination.

The story itself moves along way too slowly and gets boring far too often along the way and that takes so much away from the enjoyment of this kind of film.

Bottom Line – Film that is very representative of the counter culture that was brewing at the end of the 60’s. The story is very allegorical and existential at the same time which is far from being enjoyable to my personal taste.  The Hippie lifestyle along with recreational drug use and commune living is depicted quite prominently here and allows the viewer a glimpse into something that wasn’t generally seen at the time. The cast is superb with Fonda and Hopper as the leads. Nicholson plays a supporting role that stands out among all of the roles. He received his very first Oscar nomination for this role as Best Supporting Actor.  The story moves along too slowly and I found myself quite bored through most of the film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda did not write a full script for the movie, and made most of it up as they went along. They didn’t hire a crew, but instead picked up hippies at communes across the country, and used friends and passers-by to hold the cameras, and were drunk and stoned most of the time. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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