It may not be as complex of a film as Ford's greatest work, and it may be one of the weakest scripts he ever worked with, but if you don't think this is one of the most visually astounding films ever made, you are out of your fuckin' mind.
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Solid western, but not essential. This is essentially three men with a baby with spurs. Watching the Duke try to care for a baby is quite amusing at times and goes against his tough as nails exterior he created through many roles. The other 2 godfathers are pretty weak to be honest. Wayne basically carries this Ford film. Great shots of the desert. A visually arresting film for sure. 3.5 stars
A genuine piece of western, transforming from a stereotype of this genre to a unique comedy, and way up to surrealism. Falls short in the complexity of male (brotherly) relationships comparing to Ford's earlier works.
This film seemed to be a victim of location shooting, as the final product didn't appear to be very stylistically Ford-esque. It looked to me as though he wanted to get out of the scorching heat of the desert as fast as possible, determining the care that most of the shots were given. The few scenes that were obviously shot on a set hinted at a possibly much better film. Also, it should have been black and white.