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June 05, 2008

Easy Rider

This is one of those films that you hear about all the time, it's completely iconic. I do have to say, it oozes style and I do feel like it's perfectly capturing a time and a lifestyle. And yes, I enjoyed it. Yet I couldn't shake the feeling that it's an extended music video with lots of a scenes of motorcyles and beautiful landscape set to classic rock tunes. Now this isn't really a criticism, it's fun to watch this stuff.

OK, that's not all there is by any stretch. It's a celebration of 60's counter-culture... where "all the cities are the same" in that their big business corporate culture creates cookie cutters that can only be escaped by getting out into nature and finding yourself. The only places in the film that aren't nightmarish are those beautiful landscapes and a peaceful age of aquarius commune.

And the good old boys can't handle anyone different, to the point of murder... it's a scary world.

Oh, and there's a completely wacked out acid trip in a cemetery in New Orleans.

Overall, I feel like I just stepped out of a time machine, and it was a weird wacky groovy trip that I didn't mind taking. The film had so much style that it's lack of humor or plot or much of anything that a movie normally needs didn't really matter.

3 out of 4 – You would probably like this film

Posted by jason on June 5, 2008 02:23 AM

Comments

Now you know how Pop & I spent our months before we became Christians!!!! Well, actually, our lives weren't nearly so dramatic but that one scene of murder really influenced me and scared me for years! I'm glad you saw the movie because it certainly is historic and captures a time in America.

Posted by: mom on June 5, 2008 09:54 AM

That murder scene is horrible! Were hippies / counter culture people really being randomly killed just for being freaks, or is that an exaggeration?

Also, the acid tripping scene confirmed my belief that I NEVER want to trip on acid.

Posted by: jason on June 5, 2008 01:35 PM

I don't know if people were going around killing hippies but the movie became my reality and I fully believed this was happening. I do know that before we started marching in Carlisle, PA against the war in Vietnam, we were told strongly by the president of our college that the townspeople were waiting in their upstairs windows of their houses with their shotguns ready to shoot us should we march through the town. The president begged us not to march. My reaction: let's march! I was ready to die to stand against the war. I was fully committed and even a little disappointed that nothing happened when we marched. Whether or not people were ready to kill us, I fully believed they were and often felt paranoid. The movie seemed very realistic to me.

And, I agree, you DON'T want to acid trip. I also felt that was very realistic.

Posted by: mom on June 5, 2008 04:31 PM

Sorry about another comment---but I just remembered there WAS killing going on during that time. How could I ever forget Kent State? Can you imagine students being killed on a college campus by the national guard? It was so frightening!

Posted by: Mom on June 5, 2008 08:30 PM

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