Heaven’s Gate Minute by Minute: 131 of 229

2 Nov

131 of 229

Ella and Nathan say goodbye. Ella has made her decision. Jim is, like, totes old news.

Ella rides off down the track. There is no music to accent the moment. As Nathan watches her drive away, personally I’d cue the song “On the Wings of Love” by Jeffrey Osborne. The fact it had not been released when the film was made is a minor detail.

The chorus would strike-up, “On the wings of love. Up and above the clouds, the only way to fly…” and commence an animated sequence. Ella, Nathan and the Wagon soar through the clouds, intertwining, smiling, laughing and singing. Sky flowers bloom from Ella’s nose and Nathan plucks a petal. The wagon morphs into a giant butterfly with a multicoloured headband and even though they can fly, Nathan and Ella jump on its back and ride over the mountains. As it’s a Michael Cimino film, the butterfly then draws a pistol and its headband turns blood read. The butterfly spins the barrel and orders Nathan to pull the trigger. The chorus swells once more.

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