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A traditional genre western, Appaloosa sets itself apart with smart psychology, an intriguing love triangle, and good chemistry between the leads.
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Brush away the dust and you'll find a sense of nostalgia and romanticism about lost American values and altered social hierarchies.
It was at times incredibly slow and even poorly edited, and I've never understood the appeal of Renee Zelwegger.
Ed Harris does it better than anybody.
Appaloosa takes the traditional notion of a lone lawman fighting injustice and turns it successfully on its head.
Dialogue, much of it lifted straight from Parker's novel, proves mostly engaging.
Harris displays a quiet, unshowy confidence and a genuine fondness for the genre, capturing the horses and guns and saloon glasses in a soft, almost-sundown light.
The requisite standoffs and shootouts make this one tense film, but the mood is frequently lightened with a generous dose of surprising humor.
It is as though Harris could not decide whether he was making the classic western of his boyhood dreams, or merely a pastiche of it. The result, falling somewhere between the two, ends up being neither here nor there.
Really, it's like watching three amigos passing the time of day in New Mexico while waiting for a call from Cronenberg.
A droll Western with an odd romantic triangle.
Old-fashioned Western features great performances.
old-fashioned but simple and effective entertainment
A friendly little Western film with two great leading men that doesn't seem to dare to scare its audience all that much. There is relatively little tension, a bit of banter and a somewhat anticlimatic ending. At least the road there is somewhat unpredictable and refuses to follow the well known paths of the genre all that closely. Entertaining and satisfying enough. Zellweger is a classic mis-cast, though.
A great, sensational and old-fashioned entertainment crafted by a superb performer and fine filmmaker. A masterpiece. A skillfully and brilliantly made western laced with wit and adventure. It's packed with explosive action and dazzling suspense. A thunderous and breathtaking classic that will astound you. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen are magnificent. Harris is magnetic, giving one of his best performances and an excellent approach as the director. Mortenson is outstanding, giving another compelling and fantastic performance. Renee Zellweger is extraordinary, you truly believe this actress can truly play anybody. Jeremy Irons is riveting, giving a knockout performance. A powerful and unforgettable film. An exhilarating film that will move you with it's power, characters and story. A great amount of action, thrills, fast-humor, romance and drama. It's pure excellence with great character development.
We've seen it all before: a small town terrorized by a vile gang of outlaws; having their own way as if nothing could ever break their stride. That is, until a new sheriff and his entourage shows up to challenge their sway - fearless in their attempt to establish some law and order.
In that regard, this isn't exactly what you'd call a groundbreaking picture. Thankfully, however, this routine formula is but employed in the beginning of the film. What follows is something of less predictable nature; taking us on a voyage more variable and unforeseen.
An appealing gunslinger tale, blessed by the presence of formidable actors like Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons. All of them bringing a quality to the screen that more than compensates for the hackneyed first chapter.
Additionally, it deserves to be said that I was entertained throughout. Not spectacular in any way, but solid without question and well worth the view.
Nice try but ultimately flawed and unsatisfying.
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