Junior Bonner (1972)


“As far as I’m concerned, you can go to hell or Australia, but not with me! ” – Elvira

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A lifelong Rodeo performer returns to his estranged family after many years in order to try and gain their favor while also attempting to win money in the local rodeo.

My Take on it – In my attempt to try and watch more films in the filmography of Steve McQueen.

I have seen it in a few westerns and was looking forward to this one.

I didn’t expect tho to be bored out of my mind for over 90 minutes.

This is a post modern Western and tries to tell the tale of a rodeo man estranged from his family who tries to get back into their lives despite still not really caring for them.

One would think that a film depicting rodeo events would be more entertaining but this one just doesn’t come across as interesting at all.

The characters are very undeveloped and there is no real reason to care or sympathize with any of them no matter what they do or what happens to them along the way.

This is supposedly a film about a rodeo family but since they themselves don’t really care about one another or reclaiming their relationship to one another, it’s even harder for us to care.

I would have expected that a film with both McQueen and Robert Preston to have been more engaging and this was far from it.

Bottom Line – Extremely boring film that despite it’s focus on many of the events of a rodeo just doesn’t work.  The characters are not sympathetic at all and they are mostly left undeveloped so we don’t really care much about what will happen to them along the way.  The story itself is supposedly about family yet it doesn’t work as well as it was meant to because they themselves don’t seem to care what will happen to their relationships.  Very disappointed that this wasn’t interesting enough since I’m a fan of both McQueen and Preston.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Marshall Terrill’s biography of Steve McQueen: “The closest McQueen ever got to a bull was one called Docile Sunshine, who was fun, playful, and even kid-friendly. McQueen was not allowed to get near Evil Sunshine, who was the meanest, craziest, bull on the planet.” As a prank between shots, McQueen thought it would be funny to release Evil Sunshine into the bull ring. People climbed over each other to get out. The bull destroyed an expensive 35mm camera. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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