ACAB unless you are Harrison Ford. In a certain sense, this truly is a great pacifist work of cinema and one that is particularly rare in American cinema. While the finale has some bombast, ultimately the denouement is a plea for sensibility in the face of violence, selfishness, and greed, and in this respect, Weir even suggests there is something to be learned from a more traditional way of living, free from the chaos and competitive mindset embedded into modern life. I still love how authentic this film aims to be in its exhibition of Amish culture. Weir makes every attempt to not show judgment, viewing this distinct subculture with respect and a sense of understanding which shouldn't be all that surprising when considering his treatment of the aborigines of Australia in The Last Wave or the indigenous in Mosquito Coast. Weir has always been interested in this contention, and it's prevalent throughout almost his entire oeuvre, whether it is a tactile critique of colonialism or just a film that aims to exhibit the hubris of modernity. For my money, this likely is Ford's greatest performance.
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