My Own Private Idaho details
|Starring:||Keanu Reeves, James Russo, River Phoenix, River Phoenix|
|Director:||Gus Van Sant|
My Own Private Idaho
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Jun 2005|
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River's greatest performanceBy phoe66 (9 reviews) from Brighton, England , 12 Jun 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I highly recommend this film, one of Gus Van Sant's best features to date. And as usual for one of his films it is VERY arthouse, much of the dialogue is even shakespearian. But the main reason to see this film is because this was probably River Phoenix's most difinitive performance. He was perfectly cast in this role that was to be one of his last before his death. He even wrote the key scene in the film between his and Keanu Reeves character. Personally I think this is a must-see gay or straight.
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UnderwhelmingBy a customer from London , 25 Sep 2008Not a great deal happens in this film and a lot of the acting is very wooden. On the upside there are some nice-looking guys in it! It certainly didn't leave a lasting impression on me.
Going nowhereBy a customer from Brighton , 01 Aug 2008I loved this film, was totally haunted by it. Don't expect a huge amount of action, or even dailogue, or even conversations that make a lot of sense, but that's okay. Not all films have to have action-based plotlines and events leading to more events. Sometimes it's okay for them to just exist. And this is exactly what this film is doing.
Growing up or Falling downBy a customer from Slough , 24 Jul 2008Prose dialogue. Good performances with an ending that looks more like folding than evolving. But doesn't everyone has a price?
incredible..By jegg (2 reviews) from Glasgow, , 13 Apr 2008A raw, edgey masterpiece of controversial cinema.
Scott (Keanu Reeves) and Mike (River Phoenix) are best friends and although from entirely different walks of life, share much in common- both feeling abandoned by thier parents. Mike's aim in life is to find his mother, who left him as a baby and who is constantly refferd to in his vivid dream sequences as he has narcoleptic attacks.
director GusVan Sant also uses these sequences to act as a device to take us from place to place on Scott and Mike's road trip througout the movie.
I find it strange because alot of people view this as a 'gay' movie, some even being put off by the idea.
To me the sexuality of the characters is nothing but an added charateristic of who Van Sant has choosen them to be- the film is not ABOUT this. The film is about another way of life, where young people feel so abandoned and let down by life they sell themselves for a chance of feeling loved. It is about the main character, 'mike' (played with amazing depth and sincerity by the great, late River Phoenix) and his search for self, home and his mother. It is a story about love and abandonment and after all of that does the fact some of the characters are homosexual even come into it.
Van Sant has captured something very special in this film. He manages to move, smoothly and flawlessly, between fiction and real life documentary footage (such as interviews with working rent boys). He also manages to fuse the humblest of scenes with the most bizarre you will ever see, not to mention his use of Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' as a basis for the characters of Scott and Bob, mixing modern day jargon with Shakespearian language.
This film is not for the narrow-minded, but otherwise one not to be missed. truely deserves to be a classic.
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SUPERBULOUSBy zearth (1 review) from London , 05 Mar 2008this is a flawed masterpiece.. enough said.