Not only is it beautifully shot and masterfully acted, it explores the questions:
Can a person will-away their wicked nature?
How does a person bring good to the world for being what they cannot help but be?
Is there justice or redemption in BEING unjust TO the unjust? Is there justice at all in a Godless world?
If you can't appreciate this film, consider yourself Un
Morgan Freeman, and all of the women in the film, Frances Fisher, Anna
Thompson, and Tara and the others were great. Clint does much more talking in this film, and has some great quotes:"It s a terrible thing killing a man, you take away all he's got and all he's ever going to have...we all have in comin, Kid...any man don' wanna get killed better clear on out the back...all I can tell you is who's going to be last."
However it felt slow paced and that's what made it boring half of the time. When the movie wasn't boring it was probably depressing.
Excellent direction by Eastwood, showing a deftness, sensitivity and poignancy that are now his trademark. His acting is also something to behold - no longer playing the bold, confident, action man, but a man frail and unsure of himself, with waning powers.
Gene Hackman delivers an excellent performance and well deserved his Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
Probably the greatest, and certainly most original, westerns ever made.