Ford's films always have an element of corniness/schmaltz/movie bullshit, but the best of them balance it all out with thoughtful subtext or a lyrical air of melancholy. This is the first Ford film I've seen that was ordinary.
This is a solid film, chock full of fast paced action and heart felt intimate, all perfectly crafted by John Ford that has a certain feeling of sentimentality and a certain blindness to certain things that are clouded by an individual's ability to soldier or to find a useful place in the herd. Pretty much a western fairy tale, Ford and Wayne present their convoluted view of America with a starkness to make it gritty.
Peak performance Ford. Those looking for a demonstration of the master's nuanced approach to the messy moral ambiguity of the American experiment would best look elsewhere. This is pretty unapologetic ra ra stuff. But as far as the perfection of a particular formal vision goes, I absolutely cannot think of a better Ford. It helps that the elements are spare. I would take this vision over any number of Eisensteins.
Only distinguished thing this really has going for it is the gorgeous black and white cinematography. Other than that, it's just an ambiguously racist Korean War era propaganda film disguised as a Western. Totally superficial and forgettable in the face of the mythic stories Ford has told with his other films, but still nice to look at. Wayne’s mustache is substandard and insubstantial, like the plot of the film.
Dici John Ford e dici storia del cinema.Anche questa grande pellicola lo conferma in pieno,sottolineando in maniera marcata le amicizie,la vita di campo e le ideologie militari.Alcune scene d'azione oggi stonano un pò,ma ci sono momenti(la cavalcata"romana",l'assalto Apache)e piani stretti(soprattutto quelli della moglie) che sono splendidi per cura e posizione di camera.Finale iper-patriottico,in puro USA style.
While its similarities to the Korean War are evident and Wayne's performance is a standout, this standard western is bogged down by its over abundance of songs. While it could've been made shorter and focused its still an entertaining movie in the end.