Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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…
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.
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I don't get it. I have the feeling this is a weird thing to say about Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven as opposed to, for instance, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. It's not that I don't get the appeal of the film, or similarly it's not that I don't understand at the simplest level what happened on the screen. I don't understand Unforgiven's meaning.
It starts off with some very weird juxtaposition through parallel editing. A man-child cuts up a prostitute and Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) attempts to dispense justice as he sees fit, but the victims don't agree with his verdict. The mood is dark and serious, so I'm thinking we're in for a vigilante justice-type movie with somebody coming in…
This is the second Clint Eastwood movie I've watched this week.
I'm happy with this.
Unforgiven s a film that could only have been made by Clint Eastwood.
A natural successor to High Plains Drifter that plays around with similar themes of regret, the effect of violence & a meditation on the director's career.
It's hard to tell which film pack's the toughest punch. High Plains Drifter is certainly a mean and mystifying cinematic experience but Unforgiven is simply beautiful to look at with a story that's easier to digest. This can be attributed to Eastwood's maturity not only as a filmmaker and storyteller, but also as an actor. Everything he was trying to say in High Plains Drifter he essentially…
A terrific western from director Clint Eastwood.
Richard Harris is the coolest person imaginable in this movie. He's not even a major character, but his part is incredibly memorable and, well, it's Richard Harris.
It's a Western that is not only epic in scope but hits just about every single trope in the genre yet somehow manages to not feel tired and uninspired. That alone is probably Unforgiven's largest and most notable achievement, as while it doesn't feel like a retread (even though it is), it doesn't really bring anything new to the table other than rock solid competency. It's a little overlong and the climactic gunfight is almost laughably bad, but the rest is still fine.
Any scene with hookers or Hackman were pretty good. And the scenery was quite nice. Not much else did it for me. Eastwood's acting was rather flat and blah. Freeman too. Neither ever seemed in the moment. There were weird edits and camera angles. The Munny character is a bit of a dope the whole way through that I can't root for him. The kid's a punk. Freeman's character is a coward. Hackman is mean. The pimp is a pimp. The only ones to get behind are the hookers! (No pun intended.) This movie is a pile of meh.
Menuda sobrevaloración lleva encima esta peli.
La dirección es absolutamente apoteósica, las actuaciones son bastante notables... y ya. No sé qué le véis a la peli más allá de esas dos cosas.
I remember this having such a more vicious ending, with a massive bloodbath, and Clint giving a big speech about how evil he is. That is not the case. It's weird how memory can work like that.
Incredibly dark and gripping - Eastwood's best works
Guión magnífico. Aunque bueno... es el tío que escribió "Blade Runner" así que... poco no se puede esperar.
Actores... ¡y personajes! sublimes. Pero todos. Y cuando digo todos es todos.
Fotografía indescriptible. Ya solo viendo el primer plano se te pone la piel de gallina.
Pero lo que más me ha sorprendido esta vez de éste mega film son sus diálogos. Son tan puros, tan magníficos, tan...
En fin, suerte que en el mundo hay películas como esta que están aquí para enseñarnos un poco de cine a todos y cada uno de nosotros.
Eastwood takes a decent story, turns it into a mediocre film with bad casting and the aesthetics of a low-budget TV mini-series and it wins Best Picture. Go Hollywood. These were my thoughts in 1992, and after re-watching it at the urging of several friends, my assessment has not changed. This has got to be one of the top 10 overrated films of all time.
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