The Man from Laramie
Will Lockhart (James Stewart) becomes entangled in the happenings of Coronado, an isolated western town, after delivering supplies there. He is especially involved with the Waggomans, an influential ranching family, and begins his search for someone selling rifles to the local Apaches, only to find out it is the son of the most powerful man in the area. It is at this point that his troubles begin.
Really enjoyable western. Nice and easy storytelling.
I was not a big fan of this film. Stewart is ok, but the story is paper thin and the characters are inconsistent. It looked like things could finally shake out in the end, but they only got worse with most of the thin plot lines left open and no real resolution for the main character.
If felt like it continued to get worse and worse throughout and there was no need for it to be longer than 90 minutes, even if only by 15.
Good performances and great photography just about compensate for a story which simmers away nicely for 100 mins but never reaches boiling point.
Again, I am not a fan of westerns, so I didn't appreciate this film maybe as much as I should have. Still, I am aware that is a fine piece of film-making. With good performances and as always, strong characters; good narrative, though it follows the same line as all of the westerns. The story, as I said before, it's not the most original, but it's a worth watching film if you're a western fan.
'I suppose I've seen prettier girls in dance halls. You're sort of beautiful, I'd say.'
'That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.'
So what exactly can we glean from this early exchange in Anthony Mann's brawny, hard-boiled The Man From Laramie? Well, firstly, when it comes to accepting backhanded compliments from gentleman suitors, the women in 1950s Westerns were apparently not altogether picky. Secondly, it reinforces the vulnerability at the heart of James Stewart's furtive stranger Wil Lockhart, the titular hero who rides into the town of Coronado on a mission of fraternal intrigue.
There's a definite air of mystery about Lockhart almost from the off. We know this because it says so in his theme tune. 'The…
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Low-key Western that benefits from a truly interesting approach to the characters and their relationship with each other. No-one really turns out to be as obvious as they seem at first glance, and there are some stunning insights on human nature (my favourite is the self-awareness of the father - he acts like a son-of-a-bitch his whole life because he has the personality to pull it off, but he starts to consciously soften and look to make peace with his neighbours because his son doesn't have the same personality to maintain a hard line). If only more films were confident enough to play with various shades of grey.
John Ford could instantly set a mood and summarize a milieu with his direction, but it was Mann, it seems, who could make the vastness of the West truly reflect the characters' thoughts. A brilliant, savage retelling of King Lear.
A fine western from the man Anthony Mann!