Wyatt Earp Reviews
The film is epic in length (over three hours) and production values. However it falls short of other modern Western movies such as Unforgiven released a year earlier that received much greater acclaim.
It mainly stars Kevin Costner as Earp. Now I am going to be controversial here. Costner is a wooden actor and I longed for a vintage Clint Eastwood in the role.
The movie's lengthy running time could been disected by at least forty minutes.
I much preferred Unforgiven and if memory serves me correct the great performance by Gene Hackman in that film. So imagine my disappointment at seeing Hackman relegated to about twenty minutes of screen time.
I had more viewing enjoyment watching Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall (1957) starring Burt Lancaster as Earp than this tedious version.
Just when you think the film is nearing a conclusion as in the legendary gunfight it goes off at a tangent of revenge killings for another forty minutes!
All is not a write off with this film. The production values are great as in production design, cinematography and locations.
A wasted opportunity.
Costner downplays the character but shows a steely heroism underneath.
Unfortunately, the larger than life versions of the characters in Tombstone are more fun to watch and this film feels like a history lesson at times.
Spare us your biased reviews, we don't care that you don't like westerns.
Saw this on 20/2/15
The film has superb cinematography and it may be more historically accurate than the more enjoyable Tombstone, but Kevin Costner (who is an actor that I like very much) gives one of his worst performances. It's not that he overacts, he just doesn't emote at all. After a certain point, unfortunately the entire film develops the mood and spirit of Costner's performance, becoming excessively dull and morbid. Despite it's big budget, the film rarely has a single action scene and it's mostly talky all the time. Watching the film, we might even wonder about the historic figure in concern, ie what sort of a legend is this Wyatt Earp? That's the film's biggest sin. The film also concentrates simply too much on Earp, I know it's a biopic, but one that simply has it's eyes glued on Costner is too boring. However, Dennis Quaid manages to provide a good performance in a role that gave his really no scope at all.