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.
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.
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.