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½ January 6, 2016
After all that praise, I've expected more.
½ December 30, 2015
Good but a little overrated!
December 29, 2015
Fantastic Western film from acclaimed director Clint Eastwood. The movies message is violence and the dangers of it. I also looked at redemption, good vs evil, protecting women as other themes at play.
2 old gun slinger partners played by Eastwood and Freeman are out for a bounty. When told of 2 men who slashed up a woman's face and the reward that goes along with it, Eastwood decides to pursue the men in order to make a better life for his family. Ultimately the town of Big Whiskey is where the 2 men can be found so that is where they head.

Eastwoods character had just lost his wife 3 years earlier and has devoted himself to being a better man. One question asked..do ones roots really ever change?
The main setting of the movie, Big Whiskey Wyoming is led by a brutal, violent sheriff played brilliantly by Hackman. He is a mean SOB and runs the town like a dictatorship.

You know the meeting between the 2 main characters is inevitable and it builds up nicely.
The moral questions are fantastic, the acting, set peices, dialogue...it's all great stuff. If I liked Westerns as a whole more the rating would be higher.
December 28, 2015
Honestly this is real fucking good. There hasn't been many westerns, revisionist or not, on this level in the world of film since Unforgiven.
December 26, 2015
A bit too much dragging and too long for a story like this.
December 13, 2015
Unforgiven is as refreshing a film as I've ever seen. It's a western with the same powerful characters and ancient set pieces you'd expect, but it's totally different in every other regard. It was amazing to see a film with characters that don't take themselves to seriously and the story is more complicated than a showdown in the desert. They are real, down to earth people. Clint Eastwood's character is so old he can barely shoot or ride his horse and Morgan Freeman doesn't have the heart to kill anymore. It was nice to see characters that were intriguing, but weren't untouchable. It was nice to have their legends and stories picked apart and to hear the less impressive, sometimes embarrassing truths be shared. It was awesome to see that not everyone was fearless and most of the people Clint Eastwood challenges coward away. It makes statements on the fact that men act like they are heartless and unbreakable, but they fear violence and most hide away from it.
½ December 4, 2015
A widowed gunslinger reluctantly champions an eviscerated whore in this finely crafted western that deconstructs mythic machismo.
½ December 3, 2015
One of the all time greats of the Western genre, just beautiful. Completely devoid of the romanticism that has so often overshadowed the genre. An all star cast of heavyweights who are all at the top of their game. In the 20+ years since the films release it has not aged one bit, as timeless a piece of cinema as you are ever likely to watch.
November 22, 2015
Clint Eastwood returns to form in a gritty, latter-day Western.
½ November 19, 2015
A crepuscular western where the assassins retired are back to the work because they never left to be what they are. Great construction of characters. Well deserved Academy Awards.
½ November 2, 2015
A brutal and unforgiving (har har) send-up of Clint Eastwood's own characters, if they were to live through their various careers and end up settling down, only to have their past dredged up.

Eastwood takes the standard stoic gunslinger and steeps it in a more human, vulnerable take whilst retaining that gritty core.

Westerns, particularly the types Eastwood starred in, have strong thematic ties that are clear here, but as with all great westerns, the story and the setting are but backdrops for the struggles of individual characters and their attempt to carve out a living one way or another in the frontier, oftentimes with the forces of modernity and industrialization creeping in and changing the landscape. Whether romanticized or not, the setting is usually full of violence and heroes and villains (anti-heroes being common to Eastwood's films).

So it is very interesting to see this setting and the themes it evokes handled in a manner that essentially revokes the standard tropes that acquit the bad things the characters do and plays things with stark realism and, ultimately, senselessness that comes when you discount human life. Unlike the faceless bandits getting shot down in quick-draw gunfights having no real impact, most every single death in the movie has real consequences and the weight of taking a life weighs heavy on various characters. Eastwood's character makes a statement about his prior violent ways, blaming it on his constant drunkenness which enabled him to commit wanton murder without flinching or guilt. An interesting take on some of his earlier characters, to be sure.

All in all, a strong western film that is elevated by the VERY self-aware analysis of the genre. It helps to have a solid grounding in western films to truly get this one.
October 26, 2015
Very good movie, incredible cast (Eastwood, Hackman, Freeman, Harris) and a good watch. Although it was kinda slow. And personally I'm not a big fan of westerns. The story, centered around a guy who slashes the face of a hooker but gets let off by the sheriff, follows the guys involved in trying to bring those guys to frontier justice. Or whatever you wanna call it. Clearly a very well done film, but IMO it could stand some punching up
½ October 18, 2015
Well-written, well-acted, good story.
Fantastic cast. This is a top-of-the shelf kind of movie.
October 11, 2015
Turn off all cell phones, such a perfect movie deserves full undivided attention from its viewers. The acting, the dialogue, the themes, everything about this film is awesome. One of the the truly elite films of all time.
Super Reviewer
½ October 9, 2015
Eastwood deconstructs the Western myths with this dark, realistic film devoid of any of that romanticism of the Wild West - a glorious farewell for the genre with a melancholic score, an epic cinematography and a lot of tension that builds towards a brutal, fantastic ending.
½ September 21, 2015
I'm always shocked by how well this holds up, but it's just a near perfect film - you just can't touch it. Beautiful cinematography and a grim, dirty little tale that doesn't skimp on the violence or the reality of leading the type of life that these men do.

Highly recommended.
½ September 15, 2015
It was truly a great western. However, I think it dragged on in places it didn't need to and the "kid" was annoying. (I'd watch again though.)
½ September 12, 2015
Clint Eastwood classic is very slow until the ending. Ages 14+
September 3, 2015
Very powerful movie!
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