We had an old fashioned shootout here recently, discussing western movies, their stories and characters, and so, I’ve endeavored to see some of the movies recommended to me by some of you.
I finally saw The Good, The Bad and The Ugly end-to-end as commended by WIGSF and GoodBadandUgly2. They both claim it’s the best western ever; GBU2 goes so far as to say it’s her favorite movie of all time (could you tell?). My beloved liked Silverado, and recommended that one. I, myself, got her to sit with me through High Plains Drifter, one of my favorite all-time westerns, and if I can ever find it unedited and without commercials I’ll make her wade through Unforgiven. On the horizon is The Outlaw Josey Wales, someday, when I run across it. And how can I forget Pale Rider for westerns?? Come on, TCM! Or AMC, whichever. Show ‘em.
So far, for me, Unforgiven is the undefeated champ of western movies. High Plains Drifter pulls a close second. Both were excellent, fun movies, and I loved the supernatural twist of HPD. But The Good, The Bad and The Ugly was a decent movie. For my tastes, it was too long. Some of the stuff they included either dragged on too long or could’ve been left on the cutting room floor without hurting the story at all, and the pace would’ve been better. Still, there were some good moments, and the overall story was sort of cool, too. Not that there’s anything unique or original about three shady-ish characters hunting for hidden gold, but the movie was well-done for the most part. And if anyone knows what the other two parts of that trilogy are called, shout out; I’d be interested in seeing ‘em.
I didn’t like Silverado quite as much as my first two choices, but it certainly moved along much faster and had a lot more action than a lot of them. Same guy wrote the script who wrote Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark, so that figures. The bad guys were slimy and despicable, as should be. The good guys were sort of caricatures, as is typical. But the acting was decent and some of the scenes were fun, and in this western, they had to reload the guns. Ha! Nice touch! A nice romp, really, but lacked the depth of some of the others. Still, I agree with my wife: a fun movie.
I never thought I’d be a cowboy movie fan, but I’m getting there. Thanks to The Dark Tower, I’ve reconnected with my love of cowboys and things western. I even sat through Charles Bronson acting for The White Buffalo, which my son enjoyed with me. (I didn’t really enjoy it, but it was okay.)
Now, I need to find a way to stop myself from watching cowboy movies and comparing hats to find the coolest one.
What genres of movies have surprised you? What sorts of movies took you by surprise, made you enjoy them despite your insistence that you don’t like those kinds of movies? Let me know, and tomorrow, we’ll get back to some “horror” movies I saw recently.
God bless, all.
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