Genre Guesstimation – Lonesome Dove (1989)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts. We will be reviewing our favorite Westerns set in the “old West” – so, that excludes Contemporary Westerns i.e. No Country for Old Men, Hud, Desperado, Junior Bonner etc.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to oldwesterncat@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Catherine!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Western Movies…

lonesome-dove“A man who wouldn’t cheat for a poke don’t want one bad enough. ” – Gus

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two former Texas Rangers decide to take a job driving cattle from Texas to Montana along with some of their neighbors

My Take on it – This is a mini-series that I’ve been interested in seeing for years and just never got around to it for numerous reasons.

It’s 6 hour running time is a bit daunting yet this film still feels incomplete as a story.

I’m sure that the novel does a much better job developing the characters more and describing much more about what happens along the way of their journey.

The cast is amazing here with Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Urich, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Anjelica Huston, Fredrick Forrest, D.B. Sweeney, Ricky Schroeder, Glenne Headley, Barry Corbin and Chris Cooper all doing wonderful jobs here.

The way the story moves is quite interesting and a lot happens to these characters along the way that keeps things intriguing.

The scope is quite large, but even in this kind of forum, they still don’t feel like they maximize the potential of a great story like this.

I can definitely understand how many people consider this film to be one of the best mini-series ever made, but as great as it is, it still isn’t perfect because things feel a bit incomplete along the way.

Bottom Line – Excellent cast helps make this quite fun to watch.  The 6 hour running time is a bit daunting but still feels as if it wasn’t enough to cover this epic tale.  The novel is probably much better because it probably develops the characters a bit more.  I can understand how this can be considered one of the best mini-series ever, but it still isn’t perfect. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite the huge ratings and massive critical acclaim (20 years later, it is still mentioned at every Emmy Awards show when they reference the greatest mini-series of all time) for the series, it lost–inexplicably, to many fans and critics–the 1989 Outstanding Miniseries Emmy Award to War and Remembrance (1988). (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes quite close.  The story is extremely good, but things feel a bit incomplete because of the way it was adapted.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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8 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Lonesome Dove (1989)

  1. Great one Rob! Although I haven’t seen this mini-series (purely because I think nothing can come close to the book, and am also a bit worried it will ruin my all-time favourite book), it does sound like they didn’t quite develop the characters well enough. Essentially, the book is a character study. An amazing one. But, one day I’ll get to watching this. Thanks for taking 6 hours to watch.

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