The movie is a gracefully casual and wandering saga that clearly desires to get nowhere, fast. Instead, it very quickly gathers its misfit group . . . and has them cheerily floating and riding through the unpopulated land unfettered. Where most westerns of this era reveled in the spectacle of the outdoors, Hawks’s company, shooting in black and white on an RKO budget, takes the landscape not as a tourist but as one genuinely happy to be outdoors, relaxed and carefree.
November 08, 2017