A lot of care and attention were obviously devoted to selecting locations, designing sets, and grooming handlebar mustaches. Much less attention went to making one believe that any of the events took place circa 1879.
A tough-talking but soft-hearted tale that is entertaining in a sprawling, old-fashioned manner.
There's a misguided romantic subplot and the ending rather sprawls, but mostly this is rootin', tootin' entertainment.
It wants to be at once traditional and morally ambiguous. The two visions don't quite harmonize.
Highly stylized fashion-wise but awkwardly unfocused in its plotlines, it aims for the western iconography of Sam Peckinpah and Sergio Leone but never gets past its own directorial hurdles.
It's difficult to assign responsibility for the most serious of this film's shortcomings, but one thing is clear: somewhere along the way, the creative process misfired.
| Original Score: 2/4
Plays like a three-hour rough cut that's been trimmed down to a slightly shorter rough cut.
| Original Score: C-