Monday, February 21, 2011
My Darling Clementine
In the end, from what I saw, I didn't really like it. I sort of dislike John Ford's clean version of the west. His cinematography is always amazing to look at - big sky, dark shadows. But the plot and the actors always leave me cold. I didn't feel any of the actors in this. Maybe I was spoiled by Val Kilmer's awesome Doc Holiday, but watching Victor Mature bumble around just made me bored. The women are dull, all pristine and angelic even after being shot or undergoing makeshift surgery. They have no real personalities, only image and fantasy.
I just don't get it, I'll admit it. This is the type of western film that I cannot understand. I read Ebert's essay and I appreciate what he said, but I missed most of the parts that he was talking about and I was so bored by most of it that I'm not sure I'll find it to watch it at any point in the near future.
If you like American westerns, go check it out. It's pretty much the epitome of them, and it is good for the style. I mean, I'd rather watch this than anything that John Wayne is in (other than The Searchers). Otherwise, you can probably spend your time better. Find a Sergio Leone western to watch, or watch The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Rent the new True Grit when it comes out, it's better than the first. I just don't feel the style of the older westerns, and I'm not sure I ever will.
Ebert's Great Movie essay on My Darling Clementine