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Another Look At Kounen's BLUEBERRY!!

Published at: Feb. 18, 2004, 7:20 a.m. CST by staff

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

Here’s another one of those films that I am going to have to see with my own two eyes no matter what anyone says about it. Today, when I was buying my first batch of Region 2 and 3 DVDs over at Amoeba, one of the films I picked up was Kounen’s DOBERMAN, since I’ve never seen it. It’s never had a proper domestic release, and I missed it when it played the Egyptian. Maybe finally seeing this will tide me over until I get a look at how he’s adapted the very bizarre Moebius comic.

Hi Harry,

Jan Kounen's BLUEBERRY came out yesterday in France and Switzerland (I live in Switzerland) and here are my thoughts about it:

Most critics called the movie a disaster around here it seems; I liked it a lot actually. The movie is far from perfect and you can feel it's been heavily cut (from a 3h50 first cut to 2h05...). Actually I haven't felt a movie seemed that cut since GANGS OF NEW YORK. But.. The movie is fascinating. Kounen takes the western story to make something else of it.

Actually it's quite difficult to talk about it, the movie is more to be experienced than trying to figure everything out. It's something unusual, somewhere in between Terence Malick, Jodorowsky and DEAD MAN. So that surely won't please everybody! And surely people will hate the ending and be bored by it. I thought the end visions were great and obviously hypnotic. It last a while but frankly that all for the best. The visions being shorter would make it only a gimmick and would mean Kounen doesn't have the balls to go all the way. But he did, and rightly so!!

I guess what most people will say is "the landscapes are beautiful, but the story is crap." Well obviously it's visually stunning. But Kounen managed to create a unique atomosphere that stays in you long after the film is over and that's the main thing about BLUEBERRY.

The casting is as nuts as can be as we already know : Cassel, Lewis (daughter), Lewis (father), Madsen, Eddie Izzard and... Ernest Borgnine. Cassel's look is fantastic, he's got a great face here. And Madsen who I don't particularly think is a great actor (sure, he was great in DOGS and will be great in KILL BILL Vol. 2!!), well, I liked him quite a lot here.

I only read one of the BLUEBERRY comics, so I won't even try to compare. But I don't think there is a point anyway as this is "loosely based" (as stated in the opening credits) on the comics...

So not much more to say really apart from telling that you got to see it for yourself! But I definetely won't give you your money back if you're not pleased with it - as it is sure to disapoint many!!

There you go, maybe this is of some interest. Take care,

chaoticlock

Nobody seems able to really describe this film yet. I’m dying to see it for that very reason. It seems to confound description. That thrills me, for some reason.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • Feb. 18, 2004, 7:31 a.m. CST

    First

    by Marsellus

    as I've already said before, no matter how much you like or dislike this movie,it's just something you've never seen before. If you plan to see it (you'd better!), as jan kounen told us when I saw Blueberry at a premiere: Bon voyage...

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Hey Mori! What Region free player you rollin with?

    by Manaqua

    Just wonder what a fellow DVD hound would use....Thanks! M

  • Feb. 18, 2004, 9:30 p.m. CST

    sounds and visions

    by OldManWillow

    sounds and visions of cowboys and indians.an amazing bunch of actors from all over the world.beautiful scenery,and a director who knows how to make the most of it.based on a comic by the master of the art,and with his participation and blessing.how can this not be great?i would not trust the negative reviews...i bet its just the unusual way of telling a story that has gotten some foursided_ people confused.its possible that the balance is leaning a bit too much to the mystic side of the story.thats easy to do when you have just been awakened by a shamanic experience,as the creator,the director and the main actor has.takes a while for your feet to get back down to the ground again.but for those who are awakened,not only do we get a unique take at a spagetti-western movie,but a shamanic experience on top of it.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Dead Man

    by Danger Mouse

    Dead Man is one of my all time favourite films!!! I'm looking forward to this film-I love Euro comics.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Dubbed - man that sucks !

    by Jugulator

    Despite the bad critics in Switzerland's newspapers, I wanna see the movie. However, the only released the French Dubbed version, so I am avoiding it at all costs and wait for the DVD release.

  • Feb. 19, 2004, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Fullscreen Trailer...

    by xyling

    1000films.com had a couple links to a trailer. Try the official one, it works. Film looks a lot more like a movie than i imagined from the previous reviews. The CG hallucination stuff isn't working for me- I'd prefer more of an anaolgue feeling.

  • Feb. 20, 2004, 2:36 p.m. CST

    DEAD MAN is the WORSE movie EVER!!!

    by Louis P.

    I say this without pause. I don't say this in a talkback, from-the-cuff sort of way. I don't say this in a Yahoo user review tagline sort of way. I believe DEAD MAN was the worse experience I had in a movie theater. Torture! I never walk out of a movie, so I endured every pointless minute. The memory of that experience haunts me until this day. I would like to point out that I do like Jim Jarmusch but just because he's made some interesting flicks doesn't make DEAD MAN any less of a pretenious pile of pulsating shit. Anyone who say DEAD MAN is good, or even watchable, is just trying to show off and prove how movie-geek savvy they are. I still haven't seen a movie worse than DEAD MAN, after all these years. Every other piece of crap is just a trail that leads to the stinking wade that is DEAD MAN. Shame on all who made it and double shame on all who praise it.

  • Feb. 22, 2004, 7:55 p.m. CST

    no accounting for taste

    by Danger Mouse

    How can such a good natured kooky film be pretentious?!?!?! Dead Man ROCKS!