122 minute 1988 Preview Version viewed. The Knockin' on Heavens Door scene is heartbreaking. I wish I cared about the rest of the movie even half as much as that sequence.
The 3 leads are so good in this, especially Lee Marvin. He was an absolute beast of an actor. I can't recall a single instance where he hasn't stolen the show from his co-stars.
Politics and flashbacks almost always hurt a good film for me and in this instance it's no different. I loved John Ford's tight direction and the lighting in the dark sequences. Those aspects were really impressive.
An odd love story. Marlene Dietrich seems totally in tune with Von Sternberg's focus on atmosphere. She's amazing to watch and never misses a beat but I'm not sure Gary Cooper really understood what the director was going for as I simply couldn't see the appeal of his character.
I thought the ending was perfectly executed and struck me as one of the best you'll see from 1930's Hollywood.
The best first contact style Alien film I've ever seen and a fascinating exploration of language and communication. A stunning performance from Amy Adams makes it easy to emotionally invest in the experience.
The screenplay is complex and thought provoking without feeling pretentious or sloppy and achieves its end game in under 2 hours. A treat in this day and age where forgettable and padded superhero films and fantasy flicks typically clock in at least 20 minutes longer than this.