Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Four strangers become friends. Four friends become heros. On the road to...
A misfit bunch of friends come together to right the injustices that exist in a small town.
With a who's who of recognizable faces, this is an imminently watchable western if only as a pinnacle specimen of where the genre was in the 80s, which was a woeful state of disarray. Eastwood had Pale Rider the same year, but what else did the 80s have to offer? Lone Riders is underrated. What else? Young Guns? No thank you. Silverado is clearly going for an old-fashioned romanticizing of the genre but it still falls into some unflattering 80s trappings. It's way too long, squeezing in so many gun fights that I became numb to them. There's a bombastic overuse of musical score that's reminiscent of 80s Spielberg and 80s Zemeckis that adds a heavy burden of cheese to…
I love Westerns, and I have a soft spot for this one. The cast is so great together, and it seems as everyone absolutely loves what they're doing. For me, the joy overshadows the film's weaknesses, of which there are several. But Kasdan set out to make a film with the feel of the classic Westerns, and succeeded in that. Alongside The Long Riders arguably the most enjoyable Western of the 80's.
Qué cosas tan increíblemente divertidas hacía Lawrence Kasdan. Éste tiene que ser uno de los westerns más padres de la era moderna, y ni qué decir de su casting, es BRUTAL: Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, John Cleese, Brian Dennehy, Jeff Goldblum, las patillas de Jeff Goldblum, un jovencísimo Jeff Fahey y para terminar bien, la genialísima Linda Hunt poniéndose al tú por tú con todos los anteriores. Estos castings ya no se ven. Increíble, divertido, emocionante y derramando coolness en cada segundo. Debió ser padrísimo ver en cine ese ataque a la granja McKendrick con la estampida.
It really should work better. The film actually reminds me of my hesitation of watching a lot of the old school westerns expecting this kind of reaction (thankfully I liked almost all of the ones I've seen). The casting couldn't be better on paper but somehow lacks the charm to connect them suffering from having interconnect them, the story is typical western but some moments are elongated into tedium and the score is completely over the top 80s like a exaggerated Spielbergian derivative.
Some things really work quite well, I really thought the Peyton & Cobb storyline was well done in a typical western fashion especially the casting of Stella who isn't you're typical love interest. The Glover storyline also worked…
Silverado represents a certain moneyed mid-80s Hollywood approach to film making; it's all about the perfect settings (shot by Kasdan collaborator John Bailey mostly in golden hour), "authentic" set design, and a Big Chill/Seeking Susan cast.
The result has a Post-Star Wars Lucasian tedium and preachiness to it. For example, John Cleese's sheriff had a chance to inject real humor, but instead falls very flat.
"Walked out" at 11 pm at night on the laptop.
I went into Silverado expecting some good old-fashioned entertainment where I could just unwind and relax, but what I did not expect was coming out nearly dead from exhaustion and boredom. The cast is impressive and was well-known at the time with names like Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn (personally being my favorite of the bunch), Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, and even a few others like Jeff Goldblum in a pretty small role and they are clearly having a whole lot of fun, and starting from the brief yet superb opening shootout, I was too, maybe up until the hour mark. And then out of the blue, it became unbelievably mediocre and 100% nothing we haven't seen before, and it may…
One of my favorite westerns ever.
Silverado (Lawrence Kasdan, 1985) 5/10
Four young men battle an evil sherrif in a western town. The film has every western film ingredient thrown in for good measure but still comes up short. All rather stale deja vu unfortunately although the superb cast is game.
Enjoyable, entertaining, fun, funny and shootout filed. Big musical score and a decent story.
The 80's were a tough decade for the western, but leave it to the genius of Lawrence Kasdan to give us one of the most enjoyable efforts the genre has to offer, even to this day. Yes, this is a classic western story that's been told many times before, but rarely have they been filled with this much fun and excitement. And talk about an all-star cast! Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Costner, John Cleese...the list goes on and on. It's one of those movie where you can tell everyone is having a blast with their role, whether they're on screen for two hours for ten minutes. It may not have the emotion or grit of Eastwood's best in the genre, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun and will likely be remembered as one of the best.
Watched as part of a challenge for my podcast, The Countdown: Movie and TV Reviews, in which we went back to watch 10 films we haven't seen for 20 plus years to determine whether they still hold up.
Back when I was young and impressionable I had a good time with Lawrence Kasdan's Silverado. It was one of those films where good was good and bad was bad, and there was little doubt over how things were going to end. The good guys were always going to ride away into something approaching a sunset with smiles on their collective faces. Scott Glenn (Emmett) was the stoically cool, straight-laced one; Kevin Kline (Padan) was the amusing dead-eye with a checkered past;…
Can't you see this horse loves me?
Silverado really has one of the completely perfect movie plots. I'm firmly convinced that you could remake this movie in any genre and it would still rock. On its own merits Silverado succeeds on so many levels that it's astronomically good. Standout performances here include Kevin Kline and Brian Dennehy, and a wee baby of a Kevin Costner. I know you've probably already seen this flick, but on the off chance you haven't, you should.
During its first half hour, this 1985 western by Lawrence Kasdan (The Big Chill) does a decent job of developing some dry 80s humor (up to and including John Cleese) without completely undermining the genre, yet Kasdan's considerable skills as a plot carpenter seem to desert him as soon as the story moves to the town of the title, a frontier community threatened by a greedy cattle baron—the action turns choppy, confused, and arbitrary. Kasdan has created four heroes for his film—cuddly Kevin Kline, macho Scott Glenn, freaky teenager Kevin Costner, and noble black Danny Glover—in an apparent attempt to placate as many segments of the audience as possible, but all the strategy buys him is a diminished impact: none…
Not enough John Cleese.
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…
Each week I'll post a new letter and all you have to do is nominate a film that you think…