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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (18 Jun 1999 and 22 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Days before retirement, a Calvary commander must take a patrol out in order to stop an attack by Indians
My Take on it – John Wayne is great in most of his films, and he does an excellent job here because he plays a character much older than he was at the time.
The did a good job of mixing the two stories; the mission to stop the Indians from attacking and trying to get the women to the Stagecoach on time, but something gets lost along the way.
The Oscar winning cinematography definitely has some moments of brilliance and I’m sure its nearly impossible to try and film such open landscapes like they could back then.
Unfortunately, besides some nice looking scenes, the story itself basically feels quite average here.
Bottom Line – Wayne is great here as the aging commander of a Calvary troop. Liked the way that they tried to mix both a mission against the Indians along with dealing with two ladies needing to get safely to an outbound stagecoach. Great cinematography that won an Oscar. Unfortunately besides the nice look of the scenes filmed, the story feels a bit average.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – John Wayne named Captain Nathan Brittles as one of his favourite roles. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite there. Good story, but feels a bit too average.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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