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All the Pretty Horses

Matt Damon , Penélope Cruz , Billy Bob Thornton    Unrated   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, Penelope Cruz. Two young Texans looking to experience the thrill of the Old West run into problems when one of them falls for the gorgeous daughter of their new boss. Directed by Billy Bob Thornton. 2000/color/112 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but aimless Jan. 4 2005
Format:VHS Tape
All the Pretty Horses, adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy, follows the tale of a young Texas rancher who sets out for Mexico to find adventure. Though promoted as a love story, this serious coming-of-age drama offers more than the usual "boy-meets-girl" plot.
Despite the fact that the protagonist of the novel is only 16, the casting is excellent. Matt Damon plays the lead character of John Grady Cole and, although he is convincing, it is not the role of a lifetime. Henry Thomas shines in the supporting role of John's friend, Rawlins, who accompanies him on the epic journey. Along the way, they are joined by Blevins, a young boy played by Lucas Black (Sling Blade) with perhaps a secret or two. The weakest link is actress Penelope Cruz, who plays Cole's love interest, Alejandra; there is no chemistry whatsoever between her and Damon. The film also includes brief cameos by Sam Shepard, Robert Patrick, and Bruce Dern.
Director Billy Bob Thornton has said All the Pretty Horses is the best work he'll ever do but, although his directing is adequate, it is hardly spectacular. The narrative becomes choppy at times, and fails to define Cole's motivation. Following the book closely, the film offers many unforeseen plot twists.
Among the most exciting developments is a harrowing prison sequence, which captures both the fear and confusion of someone wrongly incarcerated. Further, a scene depicting Cole's attempt to tame a stallion is also notable, but is somewhat hampered by the obvious use of a stunt double.
The cinematography throughout the film is breathtaking, and it's refreshing to know that there are parts of this world still unblemished by modern progress. This gives the story the look and feel of an old western.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A sleeper June 9 2004
Format:DVD
Not only did I like the movie, it introduced me to a great writer, Cormac McCarthy. Cormac McCarthy is a modern realist, my American Lit class first brought my attention to this author and the happenstance of picking this movie off the shelf brought a screenplay based on his book to my viewing "pleasure." It's an interesting movie, some call it a typical picture, but I was taken in and thought the story superb. Get past the negativity of the reviews here and see it for yourself. Comac McCarthy deserves recognition for his craft. Matt Damon did a respectable job in the effort and Penelope Cruz (Correlli's Mandolin) put her on my radar screen. I liked it, what more can I say. Oh by the way, I thought this was going to be a "horsey movie" not a tragedy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ouch June 8 2004
By Kosovar
Format:DVD
I have watched this movie somehow from the beginning to the very end and I have only one comment about it : It was an extremely boring movie that told the story of two young men checking the depths of an unknown river with both legs - by going to Mexico.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really a disappointment Dec 29 2003
Format:DVD
Billy Bob really botched this one. Cormac McCarthy's amazing and epic book deserved much better. Overall, the acting is spotty, and why he would choose someone from Boston to play Grady Cole, a Texan, is beyond me. Barry Pepper would have been a better choice for the lead. Anybody would have been better than an overrated Matt Damon. The outdoor scenes are all shot during the middle of the day, in pale lighting, and the mystique of the southwestern desert landscape that Cormac so eloquently captures on print is lost on film. The cinematography leans more toward a made-for-TV look than film. Marty Stuart provides a slick, polished country music gloss to the soundtrack, when a better band like Calexico, from Tucson, could have provided more haunting and appropriate accompaniments. Hopefully someday a more promising director like Alejandro González Iñárritu or Christopher Nolan will get the rights and give the book the treatment it deserves. Stick to B-movies and Bad Santa sequels Billy Bob!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Authentic Nov. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Given how disappointingly liberal, preachy, trite and predictable so many of Hollywood's dramas are, this film presents both tremendous moral balance and a wonderful ease of presentation, all the while offering up one surprise after another. It's as if this film was shot nearly at the time it was to have happened; so clean, real, and spare is the spiritual atmosphere surrounding the characters. Whether the lead characters' authentic, highly believable progress through the story, a simply fantastic performance by young Lucas Black, or the spot-on cameo by a very able Bruce Dern, this film exposes Western sensibilities (even in the mid 20th century) to perfection - Billy Bob Thornton deserves credit for making a beautiful sleeper of a film far too realistic, too believable, and too traditional to ever win a second glance from the Hollywood crowd. See it, and if you're like me, own it for it's simply riveting social and historical placement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a movie that is faithful to the book May 8 2003
Format:DVD
It's a shame that Billy Bob Thorton and Co. had to cut so much from this movie. After two hours, I felt as though I could stand another two. This movie is an excellent rendition of Cormac McCarthy's novel, and remains very, very true to the book. The acting is nearly flawless, especially that of Matt Damon (John Grady Cole), Henry Thomas (Rawlins), and Lucas Black (Blevins). The directing was great, the scenery and landscape all very beautiful.
That having been said, I must include the comment that I wish this movie had not been edited so much. Having read the book, I could easily follow the story of the movie, and enjoyed it thoroughly. My wife, on the other hand, has not read the novel, and was completely lost throughout despite my attempts to piece together the scattered fragments for her.
This flaw (and a large one it is) makes it difficult for this movie to have widespread appeal. Unless you've read the book, plan on being confused most of the time. Still, this movie is well worth seeing, even if you have to read McCarthy's novel first so you can understand it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving and beautiful
Story was moving and the scenery was expansive and beautiful. The love story seemed artificially inserted, but probably made it more popular. Read more
Published on April 11 2003 by Catspec
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I found this to be a very underated movie!
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by J. Finuf
1.0 out of 5 stars More action with horses, PLEASE!!!!!!!!
This DVD was extremly boring. My mom and I bought it thinking it was going to be full of horses, but it isn't! We are both avid horse lovers and it was a big disapointment. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002 by Megan K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Matt Damon gives a phenomenal performance
But there was no chemistry on-screen with co-star Penelope Cruz who seemed like she was catatonic through the whole thing.
The scenery was beautiful. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, at least Matt Damon is pretty!
Watching this movie I get the feeling that somehow there was a really great movie filmed here, but somehow that's not what made it into the final cut... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars They've found a cure for insomnia...
I bought this movie with high expectations, knowing that Billy Bob Thorton is an excellent director and Matt Daemon is by no means a bad actor. Read more
Published on July 25 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars The Only Good Actors Where the Horses
I'll say this. If you watch this movie first, then read the book, you'll wonder just what the heck the author was bribed with to allow his creation to be depicted this way. Read more
Published on July 14 2002 by A. Alfred
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