Sunday, January 21, 2018

Zardoz (1974)

Director: John Boorman

Writer: John Boorman

Composer: David Munrow

Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton, Sally Anne Newton, Niall Buggy, Bosco Hogan, Jessica Swift, Bairbre Dowling

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Beyond 1984, Beyond 2001, Beyond Love, Beyond Death

Plot: In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

In the last thirty plus years I'd seen this twice until this week.  Now having seen it as an adult and with my cinematic language more fluent, I understand why I didn't like this in my youth.  I used to think it was too slow and boring.  I always dug the plentiful (and great) nudity but the heady sci-fi aspect of it eluded me back then.  Now I really dig it.  Not only do I appreciate what Boorman was getting at, I like how he went about it.  For first time viewers it can take a while to get past Connery's crazy threads...

...but the overall look of the film oozes with science fiction goodness in the sets and ideas.

My attention span for films has improved since I was a teenager and I'm catching so much more than I ever did.  I enjoyed it so much that I listened to the commentary track from Boorman the next day.  It's very informative, interesting and entertaining.  Boorman knows how to lay down a commentary.  The 20th Century Fox DVD presents the film in anamorphic widescreen and the only other extra you get is the theatrical trailer.  If you've never seen it, it's worthy but be prepared for the pacing which some may find too slow.

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