The acting and production is polished to a sheen and the writing is beautiful. I was entertained throughout.
The journey itself is a chaotic, miserable mess, that long overstays it's welcome, but that is kind of the point, I suspect.
Throughout most of the film, all I could think was how and when are they going to wrap this up? The characters lost my sympathy very early and their antics become stale at the same rate. It sort of reminded me of Catcher in the Rye in that sense. There is no one to firmly root for and seemingly no goal to drive the plot forward.
By the end, I felt like I had experienced something important and insightful, but couldn't confidently put my finger on what exactly that insight is. The story really left me thinking, which I appreciate. If nothing else, it exemplifies the mindset of a culture and era.
One thing that surprises me is how many people interpret this movie as a comedy. I saw it as an absolute horror show, a realistic journey through some of the darkest, most terrifying parts of the human psych. What could be worse? To each their own, I guess.
Highly recommend, but brace yourself. You'll be in for one hell of a movie. For me it was hell to watch, but for others it's a hell of a good time, so if that doesn't peek your interest, then I don't know what will.