When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a town suffering at the hands of a rancher named Randall Bragg that means to own everything in it, and who has already left the city Marshall and one of his deputies dead.
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What I liked here, it's the way Ed Harris plays with the western clichés and the audience's expectations. Think of the 'Gunfight at the Ok Corral' scene in the middle of the movie. Self-referential with an unexpected conclusion. Recommended to movie lovers.
After the very creditable POLLOCK, HARRIS attacks the western genre and the result is masterful. The annoying Renée ZELLWEGER even finds an ambiguous use of sympathetic bitch. +++ Après le très estimable POLLOCK, HARRIS s'attaque au western et le résultat est magistral. L'agaçante Renée ZELLWEGER y trouve même un emploi ambigu de garce attachante.
Though the psychology of this film is quite modern in the end, it plays out like traditional Western and stays loyal to its influences. Ed Harris does a better job directing than starring, and this allows Viggo to steal the show. The gunplay was reserved, but effective - and realistic. The production design was fantastic as well. Enjoyable, although it makes nods to many classics, it is not one itself.
It's ironic that Appaloosa's thematic focus on a decling set of heroes, with Harris and Mortsen's characters, juxtaposed with a dissatisfied love interest, in Zellweger, have parallels to the now typical audience response to westerns. People can be darn fickle about their movies, even here on MUBI. Appaloosa respects a dying breed of film making at it's finest. Irrespective of what's been said, I like this picture.
Foo. And 2 hours long with it! Ed Harris was much better getting Tom Hanks back to planet earth I reckon. Here he cant remember difficult words - well atleast for the first hour, then they get bored of that joke. And Renee, ok yes, shes a rounded female character, flaws and all, also is that rounded cheeks or just a bad botox job? This film tries way to hard. Feels like a TV film.