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William Munny is a retired, once-ruthless killer turned gentle widower and hog farmer. To help support his two motherless children, he accepts one last bounty-hunter mission to find the men who brutalized a prostitute. Joined by his former partner and a cocky greenhorn, he takes on a corrupt sheriff.
"I ain't like that no more. I ain't the same, Ned. Claudia, she straightened me up, cleared me of drinkin' whiskey and all." - William Munny to Ned
As a punishment for not having seen "Unforgiven" until today, I deserve to be on the receiving end of Little Bill's whip. My body should be displayed outside saying "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN THIS MOVIE!"
"Unforgiven", to keep it nice and short is an absolute masterpiece.The performances are absolutely fantastic and the star power in the film is almost unparalleled. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackmann and Richard Harris are absolutely amazing in their roles. Eastwood in particular, captures the essence…
Defying the entire mythology of the Old Wild West, Unforgiven is unlike any western before or after it for this tale completely strips bare the very culture & legacy that has built itself around the west and, in simple words, marks the end of a bygone era in cinema. And who better than Clint Eastwood to hammer down the final nail on this spent genre's coffin.
Unforgiven tells the story of William Munny; a once merciless assassin in the glorifying days of the Wild West who now has retired to a peaceful life with his children. But when a young bloke shows up with an offer to join him for a bounty of $1000, Munny ties up his laces for one…
The ultimate deconstruction of the classic western: stereotypes are thrown off the bridge while dramatic conventions are turned upside down, the nihilism of it all when we try to categorize it in the genre we used to recall so vividly, a forceful, smart and at times melancholic achievement.
Perhaps the best argument for Clint Eastwood as a savvier, craftier and more complicated filmmaker than the one many consider him to be. It’s a commentary on movie violence, yes, and a meta riff on much of Eastwood’s own career, but what ultimately elevates the 1992 Best Picture winner is the way it avoids being a diatribe about any of those things and instead ends as a festering challenge.
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As opposed to most westerns this one has no "good or bad guys" they're all shades of gray. A very real portrait of a time in America. When was the last time you saw a western where a young character had bad vision? And the cast! Gene Hackman is fantastic (as always). Clint is spot on. With this cast and story you are transformed to a spot in history where you had to "get tough or die". Or maybe run off like Richard Harris did. That's what I would have done. :). Put this on your must watch list. But don't expect a happy ending. Like in real life, there really is no such thing......
It's a hell of a thing, killin' a man. Take away all he's got... and all he's ever gonna have.
The comments in my log for the 2013 Unforgiven quickly turned to this film instead and I commented on how I'd love to see Clint Eastwood star and/or direct one more Western before he calls it quits. After yet another rewatch I'll admit that I might be wrong. The odds of coming close to the greatness of this film again are slim and damn if it isn't one hell of a sendoff to a genre that will undoubtedly never find the peak of popularity it once had ever again.
As good now as it was when I first saw it about 20 years ago, UNFORGIVEN is a true classic, one of the greatest Westerns ever made, and the finest entry in Clint Eastwood's impressive filmography as a director. Of course, as an actor he's also superb here, giving us one of his best performances as aging former outlaw William Munny, drawn out of his quiet retirement as a father, widower and hog farmer to kill two men in reprisal for cutting up a local prostitute.
The plot seems pretty basic, but so many of the tropes of Westerns and violence-driven action/revenge narratives in general are picked apart as the realities and the cost of such violence is explored. Nothing…
Saw this one yesterday. Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman in the same movie make for an excellent western that's one of the strongest from the genre that I've seen. There are no good guys and bad guys, with plenty of flawed characters as it adopts a fantastic revisionist take on the western, with a great, haunting atmosphere making this the strongest Eastwood movie that I've seen, with some fantastic cinematography and an incredibly well paced storyline that will mean you never get bored. Masterpiece.
+ 1/2 *
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Munny does remember what he's doing awfully quickly
The third act is mostly rather poetic and subversive and everything with Little Bill/Beauchamp/English Bob is superb, but overall it's surprisingly schlocky. A lot of stale dialogue and the cast isn't entirely up to snuff. There are powerful moments, to be sure, and taken as a whole it's moving and somewhat incisive, but it can be kinda stilted as an experience.
Unforgiven is an excellent meditation on the Western genre from one of its patron saints (Clint Eastwood), in many of ways playing out fully the scant implications that nearly all of his previous films (and by extension scores of others in the genre) neglected to interrogate.
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To be honest, I sometimes have trouble in deciding if Unforgiven is either the canniest Western ever made, or simply the luckiest. Especially now, having seen American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s most recent tour through American mythology. I have trouble reconciling the messages of the two films, and how they could have possibly come from the same director. The latter, a strange, ill-executed paean to militarism and American exceptionalism, seems to lack any self-awareness of the bloodlust and dubious principles it represents with problematic gusto. Yet Unforgiven comes off as almost painfully cognizant of the darkness represented within, tearing down the romanticized mythos of the American West with vicious certainty, yet also indulging in this…
Shit and fried eggs, as someone says along the way. A lot of the first, less of the last. In fact, the only enjoyable character here is Gene Hackman's Little Bill. A man of the law, a man of ruthless punishment. And bad carpentry. The rest of the main cast is either annoying (The Kid!) or disappointing. Freeman is mainly here to feed Eastwood's character. A sad and clumsy widower who stopped drinking and can't help sobbing over his deceased wife.
Gunslinger turned saint, something like that. Both boring and predictable, we all know he's going to hit the bottle somewhere in the movie and when he does, when he finds his former self again, he walks into a saloon, accompanied by a thunderstorm. Really, Clint? Completely ridiculous. It's a dark movie, hardly any good people around, it has some gunplay and a vicious sheriff, but other than that, it's that four letter word someone uses.
A classic-style western and another great piece of work from Clint Eastwood.