5.0 out of 5 stars excelent film building on Eastwood's westerns
Here we have the final western by clint..and comparisons are made to john wayne. Although this is not fair to Wayne, since much of his work, was not under his control, I dont think he had a company and largely through agents or whatever forces, choose this or that? Clint has complete control and has choosen the avenues of myth to write stories, Orson welles hitchcock two...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unforgiven review
I watched this movie in my anylysis of media class and enjoyed it. I"ve never seen a full western movie, but this one made me want to watch more. It had all the aspects of a typical western. The climax was the shooting seen in the saloon where Munney(Eastwood) defeats all the gunmen. Unforgiven overturned the genre of the western in this cowboy movie.
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by jen
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5.0 out of 5 stars excelent film building on Eastwood's westerns,
This review is from: Unforgiven / Impardonnable (Bilingual) (DVD)Here we have the final western by clint..and comparisons are made to john wayne. Although this is not fair to Wayne, since much of his work, was not under his control, I dont think he had a company and largely through agents or whatever forces, choose this or that? Clint has complete control and has choosen the avenues of myth to write stories, Orson welles hitchcock two reelers and the two dons(to whom the film is dedicated)...are influences for his view of life. Probably there are influences we dont know..the commentator mentions where he was raised..or whatever? Here we have the start a man in mourning, his wife is deceased and we learn of her through his memories, a very modern technique, through his eyes and the commentator of the film sees a 'comic-religosio-' or something like that in that way he relates to wife and kids..and than we have a hitchcockian interlude about some prostitutes..who play a role like the witches in macbeth...eyes and various organs. Eyes the heart of the soul in the ancient world...dismemberment..and all the actions in the film the sufferings of the innocent, much like a christ like image in the NT is seen through their eyes, all kinds of moral insights. The scourging..whatever they appear and it bears on their emotions..on innocent people...Eastwood than has a fever..and sees snakes..demons..has a purgatorial time experience feels cleansed and clear..those who dismember must die..a constant theme in his movies..although wife,friends,family...he needs to do a story only the perpetrators are killed, and that forms the basis of the story..some signs in the film 'expressing muddy' 'mercantile' 'greeley'(which is also spoken), muddy dirt and dung are also referred to as money, dung appears throughout the film as a phrase, and religious epithets, and corrupt lawman in gene hackman(who mad a great western in Bite the Bullett, an actor who in any film he appears you always remeber him, what better accolade can an actor have, better than an oscar). That's talent! The film succeeds since he's able to evocate all the problems of the law in this town, and the ambivalence of the character, 'erotic sadism' the commentator notes. Also the hitchcockian theme of people escaping punishment for their crimes, how it embatters the community, and makes the perpetrators increasing mad...the lawman succeeds as a character since as a character he's very well developed...detached..the scenes in the jailhouse are masterful..and displays hackman's skills..and this is post civil war we have a bob character from England who at times talks undramatically at the viewer..perhaps he tals too obtrusively, and they talk in the train of France...and the king and queen, and contrast europe and america like a henry james novel, but from the british side..its good of eastwood to shows divergent views...here we have political satire...with the law finding what's wrong post civil war across the oceans...these are some aspects of the film...myths,satire,irony,..spun story like..can anyone make a western post Eastwood to hold up to this..time will tell? Not surprisingly he is beholden to the public...the commentator finds the film 'elegiac' movie makers described the two dons and Eastwood as "heaven knows populist moviemakers"...the commentator Richard Schickel is a film scholar of repute and has his biases like the best of us, but this talk has an element of disdain in it, not sympathizing with the atistic intent of a work, he respects clint, his success, stardom, international stature, his solitude, almost like he soesnt want others around...but thats someone who takes his work seriously and his relationship with his public worldwide,..but the work has many viewpoints and tries to present those to the public, and the theme and appearance of the prostitutes and the whole angle is excellent..a work which summarizes clints work in the western...i have viewed this from clint's retrospective collection of movies
Watch bite the bullet..."i am the night-colour me black" for the idea of darkness in film on season five of
twilight zone, and the idea of fever also appears in the episode "the fever"..the twilight zone is also mythic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's Dark Masterpiece,
The story is one that works on many levels. It begins with one insecure cowboy and a prostitute of Big Whiskey, Wyoming that cascades into an unforgivable act of violence. One that'll beget more when all is done. The local sheriff, "Little Bill" Daggett (Gene Hackman in top award form), has a less-than adequate consequence for the cowboys involved--especially for her fellow prostitutes led by Strawberry Alice (Frances Fisher). Thus, this group of women will look outside of the law (since it's done nothing for them and their mutilated cohort) in search for "justice."
And so, a word-of-mouth bounty of $1000 is placed on the trails and in the ears of any 'randy' passersby. This promise of a bounty (through a young relative of an old sidekick) will eventually find William Munny (Eastwood), a poor, widowed Kansas pig farmer trying to make ends meet for his two young children. The "Schofield Kid" (Jaime Woolvett) has heard, in passed down tales, that Munny was one of the most cold-blooded bounty hunters there ever was. A "... known thief and murderer, a man of notoriously vicious and intemperate disposition" that he surmises would be an asset to have for the quest ahead.
The others that will come to regret their involvement will include Ned Logan (the always great Morgan Freeman) as William's longtime friend and partner, and English Bob (the late Richard Harris) as the colorful, haughty gun-for-hire that also comes looking to collect. 'Unforgiven', besides bringing together a marvelous cast of lead and character actors together, has an absolutely splendid screenplay written by David Webb Peoples. It is quite a feat of elegant writing that can debunk the Western myths, as it does, but still come off heroic.
Clint knew that when he obtained the rights many years prior. It's to his credit that he recognized it as such and was smart enough to hold on to it until he was the right age and maturity to bring it off as actor and director. William Munny is both very close and far aways from his earlier 'Man With No Name' character. If anything, he is the summation of him. His being is of a troubled man, one that was 'turned' from drink and violence years ago by the love of a good woman (she's only hauntingly referred to in the prologue/epilogue). A struggling man looking to avoid poverty (for his kids) and damnation (for his past deeds), only to find he can't have both. He'll learn that the cost of violence, to twist a phrase by Mark Twain, "cannot compromise for less than 100 cents on the dollar and its debts never outlaw."
'Unforgiven', by rides end, will attest to all of that. And, it will sharply come back on itself. Little Bill, a good man gone bad, will have us pulling for that reformed bad man to take up the drink again and summon back the demon. Violence and revenge, without an 'Undo' command. At the climactic moment, in one of the best and simplest exchanges of the film, the essence of this becomes clear: Little Bill says, "I'll see you in Hell, William Munny." To which Munny knowingly replies, "Yeah."
Another interesting aspect of the story is that none of the main male characters is what he first seems. Note the changes each character goes through by story's end. None of the men presented are black or white--just a soul-robbing gray. Cinematographer Jack N. Green does an equally beautiful job etching an great visual canvas for a story told mostly in the contrast of shadows and highlights. This film won four deserved '92 Academy Awards (Picture, Supporting Actor, Director, and Film Editing). Finally, this second-edition DVD offers an all new digital transfer, a good commentary track by film critic Richard Schickel, and a nice set of featurette and documentary extras. Also included is a vintage episode of 'Maverick' with Clint guest starring--an interesting, light counterpoint to the movie. This is one of the most grim and dusky Best Picture winners ever (and only the third Western in film history to do so). But, it's also Eastwood's Dark Masterpiece.
5.0 out of 5 stars one you should have,
5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood's's gritty opus of the old west,
Western movies.but because this one was directed by Clint Eastwood and
had a star studded cast,i decided to give it a try.boy,i'm glad i did.i
really enjoyed the movie.Eastwood also stars in the movie,along with
Morgan freeman,Gene Hackman,Richard Harris and Saul Rubinek,to name
just a few.each of these A one actors are at the top of their game
here.Eastwood crafts a gritty,dark version of the old west during a
harsh and unforgiving time.the movie is brutally violent and
unflinching in its portrayal of the time.some may find it
depressing,and it does have that air to it,but i wasn't bothered by
that aspect of it.i got caught up in the story and action.i also liked
the dialogue.i thought it was well written.this movie definitely has
epic written all over it.this movie was responsible for my becoming
interested in the Western genre.no small feat,believe me."Unforgiven"
is a 5/5.
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie - you won't regret it.,
5.0 out of 5 stars The Westerns return!!,
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Western" Everyman.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow,
If you like westerns this one is for you. Its a classic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rather good,
The plot is convential - the hitman comes out of retirement after personal tragedy, but the performances superb and the charcetrs fascinating you'll be hooked. It's a great film and shows the acting talents of Clint Eastwood amount to much more than simply facial expressions, although they are spot on again here.
Gene Hackman is probably the true star here and his oscar was well deserved. The performance he gives as Little Bill Daggett is so three dimensional and you wonder to start with just is he good or bad? Nothing is made too obvious and you only find out later you should root against him. Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris have smaller roles but do their best and it all works well.
It's well acted, directed and boasts great scenery. This is the intelligent western and portrays gritty real charcters and makes you think. It's very grim and shows real hardness without being brutal - and that's hard to achieve.
Watch - better yet buy - this, you certainly won't regret it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good anti-Western,
This review is from: Unforgiven (VHS Tape)Eastwood has turned in a good Western here, even though the theme is anti-Western, and he plays an anti-hero.
The plot is well covered by other reviewers. A ... is attacked and disfigured by a couple of local cowhands, and the madam and her girls raise a bounty and hire Munny (Eastwood) and his sidekicks to kill them. And, they do.
That's the gist of it. The movie is earthy. The bad guy, for example, is killed while using the outhouse. An undignified end, which is exactly what he deserves.
No heroism here. No shining knight on a white charger. Instead, you get the feeling of realism, which is what director Eastwood was certainly after.
Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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