Director - Alejandro Jodorowsky
Genre - Adventure/Fantasy/Western
John Lennon was reported to have loved this and adored Jodorowsky. Whether this has anything to do with Lennon watching it when being as high as a kite is debatable. What we feel though is that this isn't Jodorowsky's best work. It is not as confident as his other pictures. Jodorowsky himself plays the lead here as a gunfighter who challenges various enemies to duel with him, in a pursuit to be the best there is. As his journey brings him closer to fruition, the glory he sought is no longer as apparent. 'El Topo' as he is called learns humility and is enlightened in the process. What we regret here is the lack of good acting in the part of 'El Topo' by Jodorowsky. The changes 'El Topo' goes through mentally should be felt deeply through his facial expressions and Jodorowsky is as wooden as an IKEA study table in that aspect. We did like his leather duds though. A cult film which will serve as a curious spectacle rather than a fine watch.
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