Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This is the true story that inspired the Emerald Forest; a magnificent tale of wilderness in nature, as within men.
Powers Boothe, who had experience from trekking through thick undergrowth and swamps in Southern Comfort, delivers a solid performance as always, but instead of the gray-brown somberness of Southern Comfort, the Emerald Forest is a very lush and green movie, where the jungle really is the main character, as the title implies.
Having seen the film many times, I always felt scenes where natives experience drug-induced astral projection and are able to talk to animals, to be the true core of the film, symbolizing the tribes-people's connection with nature, which civilized industrialism has all but forgotten.
Reading up on the film a bit again now, I found that it is also apparently considered to be a classic gay film, on account of there being several scenes of bare-butt Indian boys, running around in the jungle. Though I highly doubt this was the director's intention when he made the film (there's also an abundance of more or less naked women throughout the movie) I find it an amusing example of how different people will interpret the same film, in totally different ways