Thursday, May 08, 2008

Dead Man

To end my Depp fest we must take a very close look at the film of his nobody seems to know about, this being Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN. This one can be viewed in two ways, you can take it as a straight, although mighty odd, little Western yarn or you can spend hours weeding through the metaphysical symbolism Jarmusch so loves to use. The fact he names Depp's leading character William Blake should be a strong indicator where he is going with things and with Gary Farmer as Nobody you are always left to wonder if Depp is actually already dead or soon about to be. Others have written on the allegorical aspects of this film so I shan't bore you by repeating what can be found elsewhere, what I can say is, though slow in spots, DEAD MAN is both a serious and fucking hillarious film. Depp may indeed be the lead but Famer almost srteals the film in several spots and this may in fact be Lance Henriksen's best film. With cameos from the likes of Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Mitchum, Alfred Molina, John Hurt and Crispen Glover this is one that should have received a greater audience. Sure, all of the film heads know of it but I do wish the teenie boppers would get their collective heads out of Jack Sparrow's ass and have a look at Johnny doing some serious work.........and thus concludes the mini Depp fest.


Blogger Warren Wesson said...

This is a movie I have stepped up two twice and twice been slapped down.

I'll certianly ry it again.

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