Continuing many of the same themes as High Plains Drifter & The Outlaw Josey Wales, this is another sombre, apocalyptic, almost supernatural western, in which Eastwood's character is less protagonist in the conventional sense than an 'avenging angel' seeking solace from the beyond the grave. One of the director's masterpieces, this is a powerful, unflinching, starkly photographed mediation on violence & redemption.
This is Clint Eastwood as we know him: lonely, no fear, the good, striking against the evil, the man with no name. Here he touches subjects like environmental protection, greed, fear & religion. Very good performing of entire cast; however too much cliche, predictable and ....have seen so many times. Still proper entertainment.
Built around the intriguing but underdeveloped figure of the mysterious preacher this film is hugely let down by the foolish pantomime enacted by caricature villagers and plodding villains. Eastwood's presence is a tour the force riding on a dull script. The film picks up at last thanks to the much needed danger that comes with the ruthless marshals and the typical final shoot-out that clears the stand-off.
Comme les 2 faces d'un dollar d'argent Eastwood promène sa lumière et sa noirceur décomplexée. Oeuvre crépusculaire et habitée. As the two sides of a silver coin Eastwood walks his light and his uninhibited darkness. Haunted work whose echo resounds long time, like its young heroine.
Buon lavoro di Clint,che non si discosta molto dai canoni del genere e sforna una pellicola gradevole sia per l'ambientazione che per il messaggio.Le scene in interni mi sono piaciute molto per la delicatezza mostrata,mentre l'escalation finale è di chiara matrice leoniana.Un brivido nel vedere Chris Penn c'è sempre. Bel film di Mr. Eastwood.
A worthwhile, entertaining four-star (of five) flick with a few embarrassing missteps. Clint was fine as "Preacher," and the characters of gold baron LaHood and the corrupt marshal Stockburn were effective and very much welcome. Also some really effective shots of the mountain landscape, and framing and silhouettes of the characters. Outside of the business with the dog and some feeble performances, recommended.
Old-fashioned Clint Eastwood western tells a simple story with great authentic Old West atmosphere. Eastwood brings his usual unmistakable presence, and he's backed by a strong supporting cast. The plot may be conventional and melodramatic at times, but in the hands of a craftsman like Eastwood, this is one of the better ones.