“You’ve…sunk my Battleship!!” All Bogus Journey memories aside, this movie does really have a spellbinding appeal that warrants its legendary status. The cinematography is ace and the acting, for the most part, is very good. Even most of the philosophical hoobajoob is at least mildly interesting. But the best parts of this film are undoubtedly the scenes with death. This movie does contain very interesting ruminations on, god, death, and the moment at the end of life when we must look into the abyss, with nothing but our faith left.
Still, I can’t say I was 100% focused for the whole film. It gets sidetracked a number of times, and I could have done without the subplot of the juggler and his family. That being said, Max Von Sydow’s Antonius Block, his Sancho Panza-esque sidekick, and the drunk smith Plog provide more than enough entertainment and intellectual stimuli to sustain ones interest for the entirety of the film. Highly recommended for those who don’t bore easily.