Becky and I went to see the new movie Appaloosa last week at the Kerasotes theaters, in Castle Rock, CO. The MSN movie website at Appaloosa describes the movie as follows:
“Upon drifting into a troubled Western outpost and discovering that the helpless locals are being terrorized by a ruthless rancher and his brutish hired hands, two rugged, straight-shooting peacemakers decide to stick around and put things right in this Western adapted from the novel by Robert B. Parker, and directed by Ed Harris. Bragg (Jeremy Irons) is a rancher who believes himself to be above the law, a stance that’s forever cemented when he guns down the town sheriff and his deputy in cold blood…”
Appaloosa is a pretty good Western if you’re a fan of Western’s, but it moves really slow and seems a bit unrealistic at times. The acting is extremely well done and even the directing is great, but the story is kind of boring and almost like you’ve seen it all before. Guy falls in love with woman who’s a rascal and gets betrayed by her as he compromises his own values.
Appaloosa isn’t a terrible movie, but it’s just not great and with the price of admission these days we would suggest waiting for the rental. Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, and Renée Zellweger all play their parts really well, but there just isn’t enough excitement to keep the average movie goer’ entertained.
Becky and I even commented about how bored everyone looked. During this one scene the two main characters are on a porch drinking coffee and hanging out. Viggo’s character says to Ed’s character about going out to investigate some bad guys, “Can I finish my coffee first.” Probably pretty realistic for that time in history, but that one scene summed up this movie.
We would recommend waiting for the rental on this one.
John – ** Rental
Becky – ** Rental An American Affair
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