Another one of these movies I use to see and enjoy every two years or so. I'm perfectly aware that Samuel Raimi isn't an auteur, just a gifted technician but I've always had a weak spot for this film. No second degree here behind the images, no meat around the bone but a great homage to the European spaghetti westerns of the 60's. A DVD zone closet shelves.
All sizzle, no steak. Though the camera trickery is quirky and fun, and the production design is lavish, there's hardly any important dialogue and most of the lead performances are a series of gazes (while this may be a throwback to minimal dialogue Westerns). Either way, good for a laugh but not much more.
This movie kinda owns. Hated it as a kid but maybe I didn't get the Biblical stuff then. But do you need all that to enjoy watching a bullet to the head flip Gene Hackman head-over-heels? Seriously take out the dead-dad flashbacks and this is tight as fuck.
La pellicola estremizza tutte le caratteristiche dei western, con personaggi sopra le righe e situazioni che destrutturano il genere. Ambientazione ristretta ma ben fatta, con numerose riprese ravvicinate. Storia semplice ed efficace, ma un po' ripetitiva. I personaggi sono dei disperati senza epicità. Grande cast con belle interpretazioni. Regia dinamica che utilizza sapientemente gli zoom, creando molta tensione
If you're starting to watch it, don't give up. It gets a little better. The film starts when Leo DiCaprio appears. Sharon Stone is shockingly bad in this. Props to Gene and Russell. The story's too plain but it gets better. If you don't finnish it I understand though... still not enough to call it good.
This movie is a great intro to the Western genre, with plenty of style and action to spare. Is it cheesy and bullet-ridden with cliches? You betcha! But I love it nonetheless. The camerawork and angles are completely insane! BONUS: Lots of cool actors, who were just starting out, pop up in this one-horse town. DOUBLE-BONUS: Grand Production Design!!!