Go right ahead and watch it then. I’ve last seen it yeaaaars ago and don’t really have a strong recollection of it, so I guess it didn’t really work as a childhood guilty pleasure all that much for me.
Open Range has been on the list for quite some time tbh.
Just saw the Ulysses cut of Waterworld (yes, three hours indeed). Well, I must admit I liked quite a lot of it. Production value is pretty damn great, there are plenty of gorgeous open sea shots and some cool action scenes. Most performances range from good to decent to some hamming it up but still getting away with it, mainly because this film has got almost the same sort of vibe going through it as Miller's first Mad Max sequels. This is most apparent when we visit the atolls.
Anyway, I quite like the basis of the story but it does have pacing issues and the whole Costner/Tripplehorn/Majorino arc on his ship could've been handled a lot better. Like, making Costner a more sympathetic character much earlier on in the story. I haven't seen the theatrical cut but I don't think that goes very well there either. I think that would've helped this at the box office. So to me the most faults this has basically come down to character development. There's no real emotional connection, it all stays, you guessed it, on the surface.
Nevertheless, it's definitely not the atrocious epic I heard a lot of people say it is. I admire it's craft and I think it could've been something quite stunning on a story level as well if they got their hands on a better and tighter narrative. I would love to see a sequel to this in the vein of Fury Road. It's basically Mad Max on open water to begin with lol