Man. What a neon-drenched, drug-induced fever dream this was.

And you know what? I really enjoyed it.

I love most things related to the 1980’s, so it’s obvious that I loved the soundtrack and themes and colors of Mandy. It’s a gorgeous movie.

What I appreciate more is how deep the story actually is. I really love how the plot plays out like a classic fantasy novel from the 80’s. Heroes and monsters and tragedy and purpose and revenge. Throw in a little heavy metal, axe-forging, and buckets of blood for good measure.

There’s also a lot of religious symbolism in this film. Genesis 3:15 says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your descendants and her Descendant. He will crush your head, and you will bruise His heel.”

It’s pretty obvious that Jeremiah (Linus Roache) represents Lucifer. He talks of being cast out, and of God giving him everything on the earth. He stabs Red (Nicholas Cage) in the side while he’s tied up with barbed wire.

On that note, the barbed wire resembles the crown of thorns placed on the head of Christ. Red gets a nail through one of his hands. In the end, Red literally crushes Jeremiah’s head.

This film is certainly not for everyone. Many will be turned off by it, and that is honestly too bad. Beneath the hazy neon coating, there’s an interesting and unique story to Mandy…

And anything that’s interesting and unique is certainly a breath of fresh air.

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