Paris, Texas (Review)

Dir. Wim Wenders
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Hunter Carson, Dean Stockwell,
Aurore Clement., etc.
147 minutes
(Roger Ebert)

Should You See the Film?
Ultimately, the film didn’t work for me, but I think some of you should see this film. May be too slow for strictly mainstream viewers, but Wenders’ direction raises questions that viewers will want answers to. The degree to which viewers want them will determine the level of enjoyment of the film.
The other factor is the actors and acting. I wouldn’t call the acting bad, but I didn’t connect with the characters. But I can see other idiots really liking the performances, and if they do, they will probably really love this film.

Personal Comments
I having a hard time figuring out why I didn’t like this film more. Wenders sets up the whole movie in a way that appeals to me. From the beginning of a man wandering in the dessert to the search for his missing wife, and the final meeting, I should have liked this movie. For me the film is missing something, and I’m not sure what it is. Was it the actors/acting? I don’t think I really connected with Harry Dean Stanton, who wasn’t terrible in the film, but I wasn’t rooting for him as I should have been. Nastassja Kinski’s performance was a mixed bag. At times, she seemed to be hitting on all cyclinders, and then at other times, she lost me. I just couldn’t wrap myself around the story and characters, and I left the film feeling flat.

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