Rocky_Balboa’s review published on Letterboxd:
Humanity: "Man this movie is such a weird and fucked up thing, what on earth were they thinking? I had absolutely no clue what was going on."
This movie: "Man humanity is such a weird and fucked up thing, what on earth were they thinking? I had absolutely no clue what was going on."
The Holy Mountain is probably the weirdest movie I have seen in my entire life. This is a film so baffling, so ambitious and so artistic that it's impossible not to be overwhelmed by it. If someone asked me what this film was about, I'd say "everything". Specifically it's about the legitimacy of religion, and a critique of consumerism as well as fascism, but there's so many fucked up visuals and great setpieces in this clusterfuck epic that a simpleton like myself could never digest it into singular meanings. The Holy Mountain doesn't bother trying to be understood, it's out to shock you, baffle you, make you rethink art and life itself like any great abstract artpiece. But few canvases can match the brilliance and consistent quality of this 2 hour film. It's one of those movies which makes you feel stupid for not understanding it, but you still walk away feeling you understand more about life. Sure, it's a demanding watch, especially cause it practically forces you at gunpoint to commit to multiple viewings, but it's absolutely worth it. There's no point even rating this one cause it can't be compared to the rest of the medium (it makes Stalker look like Paul Blart Mall Cop in terms of accessibility), all I can do is give it a cautious, but sincere recommendation.
P.S.: This movie is a lot gorier than I expected. Like there's multiple scenes which made my stomach turn. Don't let your kids watch this. This is a movie for film nerds who write entire essays about why they've outgrown Marvel movies and who unironically quote Kurosawa films in casual conversation. Anyone else, prepare to get mindfucked without a condom.