Legends of the Fall (1994)


“I followed all of the rules, man’s and God’s. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my… even my own wife.” – Alfred

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Three brothers growing up on a ranch in Montana around the turn of the 20th Century with their father deal with their patriotism for their country and their loyalty to one another as the world begins to change around them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have avoided watching for over 25 years because it just never seems interesting enough.

Boy, was I wrong….

Director Edward Zwick does a wonderful job giving this story such an epic feel from start to finish.

The characters are developed really well and the fact that the story takes place over a few decades actually helps us get a much better understanding of the characters and the complex lives that they live.

The film has amazing cinematography and was quite deserving of an Oscar in this category because it looks so gorgeous throughout.

The film’s cast is superb with Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas as the trio of brothers who are all realistic as they experience the ups and downs of life and love.

Anthony Hopkins is also perfect as their stern yet sensible father who has lots of life experience and does all he can to try and help them along the way.

Julia Ormond is also perfectly cast as the woman that all 3 of the brothers are in love with.

The film’s score by James Horner is perfect and feels very epic along the way.

The story itself is done really well and the complex nature of things works to help make this feel even more epic and realistic at the same time.

Love the way that the story doesn’t feel rushed at all and allows for things to play out really well.

The story is paced quite well and there are almost no moments where things feel boring or drag along.

The fact that this film has a scope that spans numerous decades actually helps make us believe these characters and the situations that they get into along the way.

Bottom Line – Great film that works largely due to the epic style. The cinematography is gorgeous to watch and this film was quite deserving of an Oscar in that category.. The cast is superb with Pitt, Quinn and Thomas all perfect as the sons and Hopkins as their father. Ormond is also great as the women loved by all three of these brothers. The score by Honer is done quite epically and works so well. The story is nice and complex and they never feel in a rush to tell things as they are and therefore the pacing works well. The scope of the film spans decades and that helps make us believe that these could be real people in real situations. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond lived in the same house while shooting in Calgary. Pitt recalled “It added to the sexual tension…I’ll leave it at that.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Legends of the Fall (1994)

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