Happy Halloween! I know today’s movie review should be a scary movie, but I’m rubbish when it comes to planning. You would think I would be better with dates since I was a history major, but I’m not.
Today’s movie, Unforgiven, is a western starring Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, and Richard Harris. It’s the third western I’ve watched from AFI’s top 100 list. The other two were The Wild Bunch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I wasn’t a fan of the first and loved the second. Before I give my verdict on Unforgiven, here’s the IMDb synopsis:
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Well that doesn’t say much. I remembered watching this film when it was released in 1992 and I hated it. I couldn’t accept a docile Clint Eastwood. Of course, in 1992 I was a teenager and hadn’t really experienced much in life, even though I was absolutely convinced I knew everything.
When I popped the DVD in recently, I wasn’t expecting much from my second viewing. The movie is 131 minutes long. At the time, though, I didn’t notice that. What I did notice was how I couldn’t take my eyes off the film. Trust me, my dog was unhappy that I wouldn’t play tug-o-war while watching. Maybe I’ve matured since 1992 or more than likely I now have more experiences, including many regrets. I could relate more to Clint’s character. In case you are wondering, no I haven’t killed anyone.
It’s not your typical western; however, I’m not sure what a typical western is since I don’t watch many. Sorry Grandpa—I know you love John Wayne. Considering I thought I would hate this film, I’m happy to report that it’s good. Really, really good. Unless you are a know-it-all teenager and want Clint to blow everyone’s brains out and not feel guilty about it. Was I really that stupid back then?
This movie won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Clint Eastwood), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), and Best Film Editing. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it.
Up next is Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, a movie I have never seen and to be honest I’ve avoided it. I’m not a fan of couples who yell a lot and from the clips I’ve seen that’s all they do.