The Holy Mountain

The Holy Mountain ★★★★½

Wildly indescribable, fantastically surrealistic, and visually entrancing, Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain is by far one of the most life-changing cinematic experiences. The Holy Mountain is the cinematic equivalent of LSD plus Cocaine with a pinch of Acid. If you think the final minutes of 2001 are strange, boy let me tell you, you haven't experienced anything like this movie. Most of the time when I write my reviews, I can easily get the train going. But The Holy Mountain may in fact be the hardest movie I personally have reviewed. I'm honestly not exactly sure where to start because there's quite a ton of mind-boggling stuff to unpack from the movie. Firstly, I'll say this, if you want to experience a full-on acid trip where cows are fucking each other, birds are being pulled out of people's bodies, someone's poop being turned into gold, frogs in medieval armor, faces being swarmed up by bees, industrial machines being given orgasmic pleasure, and much other fucking bizzare imagery, then this film is your undeniable soulmate. I love it and all of its unsettingly fucked up absurdness. One can pick out somewhat of a brief plot structure, but I'm not even going to attempt to explain all of it. You just need to see the film for yourself to find out. Visually, it's full of well-composed shots and stunning imagery. The triangular, rainbow-colored inside of the tall building that The Thief climbs into is my favorite sequence. The Holy Mountain also acts as an oddly hilarious odyssey with some scenes that are played for laughs. It kind of reminds me of some of the humor found in Monty Python. There's alot of self-awareness and fourth-wall breaking that will incite some pretty strong laughs. Overall, The Holy Mountain is one of the strangest cinematic odysseys of creative disturbing fantasies you could ever wish for. As a warning though, it's not for those whose stomachs churn easily. Keep that in mind.

My Rating: 9.5/10

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