Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Movie #79 - Unforgiven

Bill Munny: It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. You take away everything he's got and everything he's ever gonna have.

Day #77

This is what westerns should always feel like, absolutely timeless. And Clint Eastwood, as director and leading actor, delivered brilliantly in this morally ambiguous tale.

The story in particular is quite fascinating as it cuts across the conventional nature of westerns (ie Sheriffs and Outlaws) switching the stereotype hero (Sheriff) to a villain and villain (Outlaw) to a hero; accompanied with  superb performances by Gene Hackman (who won an Academy Award for his role as Little Bill), Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris and Jaimz Woolvett -- who played the The Schofield Kid.

This 1992 classic is not just in the category of "Best Westerns", but also among the best films ever made.