Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Strong revenge Western in the old-fashioned mold.
The Jack Bull is a fantastic western made almost perfect by John Cusack and John Goodman. That HBO took on the project is no surprise, Hollywood rarely touches this sort of libertarian-themed material anymore. The story itself is really a simple morality tale, but one in which realism carries the day. Great acting, script, and moving story make this a must see.
Definitely remember this movie!
I hate John Cusack. He turns in the exact same performance in every single role with his blank stare, fast delivery and shoulder-shrugging indifference and somehow manages to receive extreme critical acclaim. He is miscast in the central role here, but surprisingly tries to do something ever so slightly different. I didn't buy it for one second, but hey, it's John Cusack. I never would have.
This film is a typical western with some very beautiful photography. It actually feels like Wyoming, the dry land, the snow, the dust, the vegetation. The problem is it is never very engaging. The first 45 minutes are flat while the last hour or so is a morally confused mess preaching vigilantism and overkill.
Part of the problem is the direction. It is pedestrian, bland, never involving nor, of course, even remotely exciting, and the rest of it is probably the script. It makes very little sense for Myrl to do what he does when there are many other ways he could have achieved the exact same result, his speech on how the law failed him (echoed by John Goodman's character) is ridiculous, and by the end of the film he has done far worse than Henry Ballard ever did to him, despite what the direction and the score would like to have you believe.
I can't say it was exactly a disappointment (it's a John Cusack vehicle, after all) but it was certainly not very good.
This was a surprisingly good movie...John Cusack as a cowbow, who'd of thunk it?
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