My 40 favorite westerns of what I have seen. Excluded comedy (Blazing Saddles, Maverick etc..) and some films that often…
No place to run. No reason to hide.
A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.
Kevin Costner's "Open Range" is a sweepingly romantic and violent Western. A film that tells an old-fashioned story with contemporary vigor, "Open Range" revels in classic Western tropes infused with relevant passions and themes. It is a beautifully shot and assembled film deserving firm placement in the canon of great Western works.
Taking place in a time when the western American frontier began to fall to the fencing-in of business, "Open Range" follows two weathered cowboys at the ends of their careers. Each man has a past, whether or not he is willing to discuss it, and is looking for something other than the dangerous life of running cattle before that life runs out.
The film succeeds, beginning with its…
I'm one of the few people that harbor for the return of the Western. Over the last twenty years we've had half a dozen crackers. Half a dozen in twenty years? That's a shame, for a genre that was the biggest back in the thirties and forties. When one comes along though, it makes me forget that I live in suburban Birmingham.
Kevin Costner will be remembered as the star and director of the most recent Western to set the box office alight and win a host of Academy Awards. 23 years have passed since "Dances With Wolves" robbed Marty of Oscar glory. DWW was a class film, but better than "Goodfellas"? Costner would wait another 13 years before returning…
Im not a fan of westerns but dont mind them i love the good the bad and the ugly and django unchained though, open range is a been there done that western with not much new to show for its genre but Kevin Costner's direction makes sure you enjoy yourself.
Kevin Costner is (usually) an actor and filmmaker I will never tire of seeing, and he has assembled an old-fashioned cowboy flick that features a winning ensemble and a languid pace that is most appreciated in this chop-socky action era. Abraham Benrubi and Diego Luna are affectionate and sweet as characters who meet tragic consequences while Costner and Robert Duvall (so good here) are the vengeful free-grazers who have had enough with the “law” pushing them off their land.
And Annette, oh Annette. She’s the object of Costner’s affections, a tough doctor stranded in a small town looking for love. She’s exquisite, and so is this movie.
"What I always appreciated was how you treated other people and how you treated me -- how you never look for no trouble. And that kept me from trouble.
But it's found us here, Boss."
The somber 2003 western Open Range is the tale of Charley Waite and Boss Spearman as open range cattle grazers, leading their herd across the open prairie. With their hired help Mose and Button, the group of four come upon a town and are inextricably drawn into a slow and building conflict with the land baron Baxter and his corrupt town marshal.
A definite slow-burner of a film, that's to be sure. Robert Duvall is in high gear here and it really is a standout…
Sadly, no where near as good as I remembered it being. The adult eye can be so unkind at times, and this was such a case. The screenplay feels misjudged (very expository and stagey), the sets never particularly convince (I didn't even remember the painted backgrounds, even if they are romantic) and the story just isn't as engaging as I remembered it being. A lot of cliches are also shoehorned into the script.
In fact, the best thing about this is the casting. All the main cast members are perfectly cast and bring bucket loads of charisma to their roles, significantly elevating material that isn't fleshed out enough to do anything more than tread water. The free grazer slice of…
Open Range is a really good Western, with not a bit of cynicism marring its earnest tale of conflict between a group of roaming cowboys and ranchers. True, there's no subtext to speak of, Michael Kamen's score features a bit too prominently, and whoever decided fade-to-black transitions were a good idea should be shot. But Duvall and Costner have great chemistry, the scenery's gorgeously shot, and the climactic gun battle is subtly choreographed and suitably brutal.
Does some unexpected things creating a some what of deconstruction to the western genre.
"Boss Spearman: We come for justice, not vengeance. Now them is two different things.
Charley Waite: Not today they ain't."
One of the best modern Westerns I've ever had the pleasure of watching. Great chemistry between Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. A western with heart as well as some great action.
An enjoyable film all around, even if you're not a westerns fan.
One of the best westerns ever made. The locations are absolutely stunning, the performances are all good, and the shootouts are dirty, quick, and violent. There's also a fairly touching love story in the mix. Duvall, Costner, and Benning really do a great job, and Michael Gambon as the villain can chew scenery with the best of them.
Boy, I didn't expect 'Open Range' to be a good Western story, nor to be a good movie. But it's hell of a buster! A flic for boys with their girls sitting next to, and both are happy in the end. Because even the boys started to cry 5 times while watchin'. The second best movie in my 2015 watchlist after Herzog's Bad Lieutanant...
There's not a whole lot to say about Open Range, a severely dry western undermined by an exceptionally sentimental score and some hokey dialogue. Costner's direction is solid, if unimpressive, and the performances range from robotic to passable (Duvall does good work while Costner seems relatively lifeless in the lead role. The less said about Bening's uncharacteristically awful performance, the better). It's not without moments of inspiration; there's an admirable focus on the minutia of every-day life in the time period and the final shoot-out works, but the film that contains these individual moments never really comes alive in any meaningful way, instead looking and feeling like a limp reenactment instead of an effective piece of filmmaking.
A beautifully shot movie with great building tension and fantastic ending shootout.
Un western que s'agafa 90 mimuts per deixar-nos després un tiroteig de llegenda. De LLE-GEN-DA! Això, un guió mesurat, pausat però profund i un Robert Duvall que fa gala de la seva presència escènica.
Estava advertit que Open Range no era poca cosa, però no m'esperava el lideratge de Kevin Costner en aquesta faceta.
Un Western voluminós, imprescindible.
While I am a huge fan of westerns, they just don't seem to make them like they used to. While the ending of this movie is pretty exciting, it takes about an hour and a half to get to anything exciting. I love Robert Duvall (always have) and I'm also a fan of Kevin Costner. They definitely do make a good team. I do think this film was worth the watch, but I've seen better western films.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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