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10-03-2008, 10:25 AM
Anyone else interested in this one, that is in wider release starting today. It's a westener starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons is in it as well. From the previews it looks pretty interesting and Harris and Mortensen have worked well together before, see "A History of Violence".
10-03-2008, 11:34 AM
I can't wait. Love westerns. I was going to see it last week, but waited so I can see it on a better screen.
I will see it tomorrow morning most likely. Will give my take on it afterward .
This looks good. I'll probably wait until it comes out on DVD, but I'll definitely see it.
10-04-2008, 09:35 PM
Definitely want to see it. Not enough westerns made these days... Open Range & 3:10 to Yuma in recent years were great though. Hope this one is good.
10-15-2008, 08:06 AM
Saw this the other night. Despite the A-list cast, this is a solid B-western — nothing flashy or spectacular or revolutionary, but a thoughtful, nicely scripted, character-driven matinee feature that does a pretty deft job of skirting genre clichés while affectionately acknowledging them. At various points, I was reminded of Peckinpah's Ride the High Country and Ford's Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and My Darling Clementine without being hammered over the head with direct references to them. That was refreshing.
Pacing is off in several lapses, and the last act is notably rushed, but with the exception of Renee Zellweger — whose acting style is a taste I've yet to acquire — the performances are terrific, with Viggo Mortensen really standing out. Between this film, History of Violence and, especially, Eastern Promises, he's transformed into one of the more intriguing actors working today; I'm really looking forward to seeing him in The Road.
10-15-2008, 08:26 AM
Me and the wife saw this on Sunday night. I would give it a B myself. While I was going into it expecting more action I didn't let that ruin it for me. As Sakata said this was a character driven film. Harris and Mortensen were great and they definitely worked well with each other. All of their various scenes where they were just sort of bull crapping and talking about people was great. The ending did feel a bit rushed, I'm hoping there's some sort of director's cut, because I feel like there were a few big scenes chopped out there. I'm not a big Zellweger fan myself (her performance was decent), but I found her didn't have a negative impact on the movie.
Definitely agree with you about Viggo and The Road does look like a good one.
Viggo is one of the best out there. I loved History Of Violence, and Eastern Promises was my favorite film of 2007. Also looking forward to The Road.