David Milch had a monumental task at hand. How do you go about wrapping up three seasons of television in the space of a single movie?
This is heralded by many as one of the greatest Westerns ever filmed, and since I grew up watching a lot of John Wayne movies, I had to finally cross this one off my list.
This is a certified classic and a worthy remake of its source.
Shane has earned its status as a classic and this certainly won’t be the only time I watch this film.
The Coens are their own genre. In fine form yet again, they blend humor with violence and create some wonderful and memorable moments that are equal parts zany and bold.
How does it stack up against its predecessors? The acting is even icier, the cinematography is even deeper and the score is (somehow) even more iconic.
The story contemplates the price some were willing to pay to attempt to civilize a wild frontier, as well as asking you to examine the strength of your own bonds to family and friends.
Everything is bigger, longer, more drawn out and epic in scope, from the screen to the sound design.
The Western was nothing new, but they had never before looked or sounded like this. Never been framed and photographed like this. Never been so stylized and violent.
It’s a story about loyalty, trust, friendship and the good of the few vs the good of the many, with something to say about each.
Endlessly quotable, this is a damned hilarious movie, and one of the best that Mel Brooks ever made.
It’s a story about how we learn to trust each other and work together, with strong themes about not only being yourself, but remembering who you were born to be, before someone else’s preconceived notions shaped your worldview.
Hostiles Written by Donald E. Stewart (manuscript) and Scott Cooper (screenplay) Directed by Scott Cooper
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