Requiem for Billy the Kid recounts the life of Billy the Kid. The premise of the film is an investigation into the often-challenged circumstances that led to the death of the 21-year old ... See full summary »
Requiem for Billy the Kid recounts the life of Billy the Kid. The premise of the film is an investigation into the often-challenged circumstances that led to the death of the 21-year old outlaw in the hands of sheriff Pat Garrett on July 14, 1881. As we follow the modern sheriff on camera, off camera Billy the Kid, played by Kris Kristofferson, gives his own account of the events. Part poetic evocation, part road-movie, Requiem for Billy the Kid is essentially homage to the western genre and to the people who today still live up to that life. Written by
Great film, I really enjoyed the poetic flavor here. What was it at the end? Something about a rifle and him getting tired of switching it around, "there's no target on earth, and no purpose in heaven." Very well done. As for the Bush commentary, I think the movie hints that George Bush is not a complex man, just like Billy the Kid wasn't a very complex man either. And why would you assume that only people who understand Bush's supposed "complexity" are the ones who watch this movie. It was made by the French for heaven's sake, most of whom likely despise Bush at this point. The melancholy telling of end of an era, along with a parallel side story of present day happenings in the same location reveals much about the character and vitality of the West and its people.
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