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5 New Western Movies
Have You Seen the New Western Movie?
What is your one remembrance of the old cowboy and Indians movie or TV show? As a young viewer of TV in the fifties one thing that remains stuck in my visual memory is the pack of riders racing by the screen on horseback. Three types would be perched on the horse, the native American; with whoops added to the hooves thunder, or the good guy posse; many times with a bad guy included, and the bad guys; all in dark clothes.
The horse was celebrated as much as the old west legends in films of the past. The TV also had many weekly western series and, now, that is a thing of the past. Recreations of the old west is now limited to the occasional Western movie release. The last series on prime time was Dr. Quinn, I believe, which I enjoyed at the time it aired. The kids always sat with the parents for that hour.
HBO had Deadwood, missed that one, but "Hell on Wheels" is interesting and it is true to many facts about how the railroad industry built its network. Here are five new western movies that one might find interesting, weird or historical. The new Western is also known as the Revisionist Western.
photo from Wikimedia Commons Johnny Depp and Jim Jarmusch at Cannes 1995.
The film Appaloosa is from the book by author Robert B Parker. By the way, you might read the novel before the movie, if you enjoy reading. I did it the other way around and the novel did not get finished.
One highlight of the new western is the subtle mix of humor and the serious. This is a movie with humor being a good part of its charm. I especially enjoyed staying for the credits and listening to Ed Harris sing a song about Allie French. I loved how the bad guy succumbed in the end and the look on Miss French's face.
I was uncomfortable with Renee Zellinger through the whole movie. This was on the big screen, maybe my reaction would be different seeing her on a smaller home TV. The imprint in the old time western, of the classic beauty's face, has put limits on my expectations. The humor probably was heightened because of her contribution, though.
2. True Grit 2010
I tried to watch the 1969 original True Grit with several actors I have admired and left the room to do better things like make dinner. The Coen brothers duo can make a good movie, even with a model yawner like True Grit.
Goes to show creativity has many outlets in the movies. The compelling, odd and riveting elements keep growing. Humor in this western is with the edge that modern sensibilities need today. How come the old seems corny and lame?
This movie like Appaloosa is dusty and dry looking. Both were filmed in Santa Fe, NM and Austin, TX. Very enjoyable backdrops. Enough plot and character strengths to keep almost anyone watching.
3. Dead Man
This movie has enough adjectives and weird characters it rates its own web page. Humor in this movie, as well. Read about it at...
4. The Jack Bull
This is a modern western with no humor, but a very tight screenplay. Every scene leads you to the next in a story that keeps the viewer staying to the end.
The horse was the King of the west. Belle Star went to jail because of the horse and the Comanche ruled Texas because they could ride the horse like no other.
Western films of the past loved their horses. Not so the new western film, probably because hard riding extras are a thing of the past, and the tricks are now regulated by safety rules. This movie has its own page at...
5. Lone Ranger 2013
The Lone Ranger is noteworthy because of the the horses running across the screen like in the old Westerns. The mystic of the horse, got a very big part in this movie. Also Depp may have had some influences to the screen play. A reference to Dead Man is included. Tonto does a g-rated quote of Nobody from Dead Man, "Stupid white man." Nobody's line was, "Stupid f... white man." Tonto was also banished from the tribe, much like Nobody.
A tribute to the many Western stereotypes alluded to in Johnny Depp's first western with Jim Jarmusch?
When exiting the theater, I saw Grandmas and Grandpas without the Grandkids. I think this movie was for baby boomers who loved the Old Westerns, and not for kids of the 21st century. The script should have had jokes for the 55+ set instead of for little ones. There are good scenes of the big creaky black train. Visually this film had a lot for me to enjoy. I thought of the Disney cartoon "Pecos Bill", and of course, many oldies Western had Monument Valley as a backdrop.
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How many of these four western films have you seen?
None of these films are better than the other. They are all best. Let's say the Western is Best.
© 2012 Sherry Venegas