High ratings all around, and very deserving, indeed. With a depth of story little found in most westerns, Eastwood as actor and diretor brings the west to life with great depth and breadth of historic vitality via a detailed look at the post-war gun slinging soldier, destitute settler, and indigenous tribes people caught between two cultures. If you don't see the beauty of the film, you're probably just looking for the same old same old of the desperate gun slinger/revenge montage.
Pretty average all around. Rich meets poor, tragedy, rich concedes, ad infinitum. This theme goes back to Shakespeare. Maybe it taking place in the 80s captivated some people, but Isee no reason why. With the lead character dressed like a 60s greaser talking about Steve McQueen, I don't know why. The whole film was rather drab and run of the mill: story line, acting, etc. Not worth the time
One thing I realized by watching this movie, Plaza can throw down with the best of them. She doesn't act, she inhabits a character. The story itself points out the petty and shallow nature of the social/party group, but doesn't do much more than rehash what we already know: everyone wants to be someone, but it's too often not who they really are, but as Ingred gives up all hope and becomes fully forthcoming, she bottoms out, and in doing so, her real self is fully revealed. This is what the world is looking for, not the fake internet image, and responds in kind.
The commitment by the actors is sub-par, delivering the dialogue with the enthusiasm of high schoolers forced to be in a play only to improve their grade. At one point Oldman screams something at an underling for no known reason. I gave it about 20 minutes, about 10 minutes too much.