High Noon Reviews
fall in love with the cinema. The tension superbly rises in the few hours of its narrative temporality which allow complexity and detail, 'High Noon' showing the wait for the arrival of an outlaw at noon from the train, an outlaw which threatens the life of the just married sheriff. Moreover, 'High Noon' is also an untraditional tale of courage and cowardice, superbly scored with Tex Ritter's 'Do not forsake me', calling for countless and fascinating analysis, and centered on a main character remarkably portrayed by Gary Cooper.
A smart and pretty innovative western classic, that's not all about shooting and hustling. There is more of preparation and waiting here, and that adds both pros and cons to the table.
7 out of 10 marshals.
Basically Kane successfully put away a bad guy Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) manyyears ago. A bad guy who terrorized the town of Hadleyville in New Mexico.
However some do gooders 'in the North' in their wisdom have changed his death penalty to life imprisonment and now given him a pardon (ridiculous I know).
Miller is about to return to Hadleyville to settle a few scores perhaps and is due on the noon train.
The film is almost real time as the countdown to noon begins.
The wedding day of Kane is ruined and he is betrayed by reluctant townsfolk unwilling to get involved in the impending battle.
Cooper like Wayne is a reluctant hero figure and he rightly won a Best Actor Academy Award.
Director Fred Zinnemann delivers a suspenseful Western that even critics of the Western genre can enjoy.
The film is also memorable for a theme song that crops up throughout the film in days when such a thing wasn't ususal. The song in question being 'Don't Forsake Me Oh My Darling'.
The credits goes first to Cooper master acting and Z always just to the point movies .
If Im gonna be critic about one thing , just like other Zinnemann movie , A man for all seasons , the duration of the movie was too short , one would pity why a good movie be so concise while the joy possibly could last longer with his fine art assured it .