This is my fifth of 7 entries in the Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Heidi of Along the Brandywine, and Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell
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Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jul 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Biography of the legendary lawman from his harsh upbringing through his showdown at the OK Coral and up to his later years.
My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came out 25 years ago yet never watched it due to the daunting 3+ hour run time of the film.
Kevin Costner was very instrumental in getting this film made and he does an amazing job giving this story such an epic feel throughout.
The story helps give us a clear picture of how Earp became the legendary lawman and gunfighter that he has always been known as.
The fact that the film has a 3+ hour run time actually helps things a lot since it allows us to really get to know and understand the characters since there is ample time to properly develop each of them along the way.
He went through many different struggles and triumphs during his career and they let us see many of them without a feeling that something is being rushed through or even skipped over along the way.
The cast of this film besides Costner is superb and I especially loved Hackman’s role.
It was quite short yet very pivotal and I’m actually a bit surprised that he agreed to take on such a role.
Dennis Quaid also stands out here as Doc Holliday.
The pacing of the story is done well and this helps give off the epic feeling of the plot without too many lulls along the way.
This film does a superb job of showing that as legendary as Earp was, he also had his flaws which proves that he is merely a man like the rest of us.
They manage to present the action scenes really well and the way that the story has a few nice twists and turns and surprises as things move along helps keep it thrilling and suspenseful from start to finish.
Many people believe that Kurt Russell’s version of this story [Tombstone (1993)] is better, but I think this version allows the viewer to become even more immersed in the life of this famous lawman.
Bottom Line – Costner does a great job with this epic story. We are given a clear picture of how he grew up to be the man known as a legendary lawman. The long run time gives ample time for the film to show the various struggles and triumphs throughout his life without the feel that something is missing or is rushed. The cast is great and I’m impressed that Costner was able to get Hackman to take such a small yet pivotal role as his father. The story is paced really well and things move along in a way that helps keep the epic feeling throughout without too many lulls in the story along the way. Really liked how this film showed that the legendary lawman wasn’t perfect and was merely a man with flaws like the rest of us. The action scenes are done well and they manage to surprise along the way which helps add to the tension and suspense of it all. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kevin Costner was originally involved with Tombstone (1993), another film about Wyatt Earp, written by Kevin Jarre. However, Costner disagreed with Jarre over the focus of the film (he believed that the emphasis should have been on Wyatt Earp rather than the many characters in Jarre’s script) and left the project, eventually teaming up with Lawrence Kasdan to produce his own Wyatt Earp project. Costner then used his then-considerable clout to convince most of the major studios to refuse to distribute the competing film, which affected casting on the rival project. As it turns out, the rival film was considerably more successful. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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