Paint Your Wagon Reviews
Don't look for any big performances or smash-up musical numbers with this one, there aren't any. Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood are charismatic as ever, but they can't sing worth a damn, nor should they have tried. The results are absolutely laughable. Marvin, to his credit, could always fill a screen, even as a drunken singing prospector in underwear. I can imagine he probably was 'fully lit' for this performance -- you'd have to be stoned or drunk to get through this movie in front of, or behind the camera.
Why this film really fails is that musicals don't come off well in outdoor locations. You completely lose any kind of focus on the song, because you're looking at the nice scenery, and there are some good camera shots. The scenes are confusing, the action alternating between frenetic and achingly slow. It's the kind of film that the stars probably laugh about, or wish they could erase from their memory. The songs are pretty forgettable, here's a sample:
"Where are we going? I don't know! When will we get there I ain't certain, all I know is that I'm on my way!!!"
The movie sort of follows this pattern...you really don't know where it's going...for hours.
All I know is, it's several hours of your life that you won't get back. Go watch Singing in the Rain, it's far more entertaining.
This movie was really fun when I was young, I still love it...
Eastwood sing. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band play a number of songs in the
movie. It is funny movie and there is good music from the movie
especially the "They Call the Wind Maria" sung by Harve Presnell as
"Rotten Luck Willie" I remember watching this movie as in back as a
kid, in back of the family station wagon in a Drive-in. The movie is
good clean "dirty" fun.