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You Need a Lobotomy to Enjoy Rio Lobo
on September 23, 2008
I am a big John Wayne fan, and frankly, he is the only good thing about this movie. However, even John Wayne looks like he is going through the motions in this film. When I decided to see this film, I had high hopes, but was sorely dissapointed. This is not one of Howard Hawkes' best directorial efforts.
The major problems with this film are two fold. One, the acting for many of the leads is painfully bad, and the script is absolutely unbelievable, even for a western. The dialogue is painful to listen to at times, and often seems forced. The fact that Jennifer O'Neil and Jorge Rivero cannot act only makes it more painful. Even the great character actor Jack Elam is dissapointing in his role, since his over the top performance makes his character more suitable to a comedy than to a western that seems to want to be taken seriously. In some ways, this is another problem, since this film doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, a comedy western or a serious western exploring typical western themes.
This film is only bearable entertainment for the true John Wayne fan. I personally watched the whole film simply because I enjoy watching John Wayne perform. If you are not a big John Wayne fan, this film is a waste of time.