This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
Some legends will never be forgotten. Some wrongs can never be forgiven.
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…
A Western that comments on and may exist solely because of the films from its genre that came before it, Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" is an intelligent, gracefully assembled, and well-told piece of work. Built on mythic images and mythic story beats, the film reflects a near-century of Western films while moving the genre in a forward leaning direction. It is, at once, classic, reverent, critical, and progressive.
"Unforgiven" tells the story of the final job of William Munny, a retired gunfighter who has traded violence for domestic peace. He is pressed into service one last time when a brothel is brutalized, and Munny's skills are needed to punish the abusers.
The narrative is a layered tapestry of interesting characters and…
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…
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 a movie about America, rivals THE GODFATHER as maybe the best ever. Also like the Godfather, it's just damn fun to watch.
America is far too complex a place for any one story to explain it; but the one UNFORGIVEN tells is a revealing one. William Munny - our hero - is a reformed killer. A killer of women and children whose memory is peopled by the ghosts of his undeserving victims. When we meet up with him, he's a widower and a failing pig farmer with two kids to care for. When he's persuaded to dust off his gun, he tells himself it's because the folks he'll hunt down "have it coming" - an act of honorable revenge…
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.
Past HORSE WHISPERER and DANCES WITH WOLVES, past TRUE GRIT, almost to SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. One of Eastwood's least offensive messes. I mean, UNFORGIVEN is a righteous cowboy thing. Cool-headed "duck" mis-pronouncing 'duke' might be better than fast-shooting "duke" pronounced correctly, eh? Nothing like HEAVEN'S GATE.
Slow to start, but not as cliche as I was tensely anticipating. I've found that Westerns are just not an easy genre for me to sit through, as well as the fact that when it comes to Clint Eastwood movies I tend to rely on the plot over the cinematic elements to entertain me, so this was not my favorite...
I guess that's why a distinction exists between liking a film and being capable of appreciating it.
Team Gravitas (Clint and Morgan) join with the "Shut Up Kid". Great trail and gully ambush conversations are the highlight of this okay film.
Just happened to see this on Netflix at the right moment and rewatched it
Surprisingly simple narrative but sharp dialogue and great characters and performances
Ranks in my upper quarter, roughly, of Best Picture winners
Been too long since revisiting since I was too young to appreciate when seeing it in the theater and Clint is obviously a G.O.A.T.
Variations on finality (not solely limited to death). An untraverse-able line separates not just age and youth but age/experience's proximity as a direct witness and youth's hypothetical and abstract sense of what can only be imagined. This is coupled with role of the writer and the reality Hackman's "Little Bill" tries to impart following English Bob's tutelage in self mythology, another clear line of demarcation. After a while Little Bill is susceptible to his own mythologizing.
The concluding postscript wraps things up in an ambivalent but uncynical treatment of faith. His Bill Munny's path following those events seems arbitrarily unmarked by them in their recounting. The mother's discovery of her daughter's gravestone allows something to be forever unknown.
Clint Eastwood is not a very engaging screen presence.
Before I write the rest of this review/diary entry, I feel like I need to say that the 3.5 star rating I gave this movie was as much due to my preconceived expectations as it was to my actual feelings on the film.
I expected Unforgiven to be a spiritual 4th movie in the Man with No Name series. That is not to say that I expected Eastwood to be playing the same character, but I expected it to be a classic Western.
As for how I felt about the movie, I felt that it's runtime allows it to be meander throughout, only really seeing a lot of action or excitement at the end. The characters of William Munny and…
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