Silverado (1985) – Encore Review 2

“We’re gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first class hanging.” – Cobb

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Numerous times on cable in the 80, Video, DVD, 18 Aug 2000 and 30 Jan 2017, 26 Dec 2021 and 26 Aug 2022)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – In the old West, four men band together to try and stop corruption in a small town called Silverado.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have always loved ever since I first saw it on cable as a kid. I obviously didn’t completely understand it as an 11 year old, but during those formative years of my life, it was always my favorite Western.

37 years later, it still ranks very high on my list of favorite westerns.

Over the past few months, I have been a part of an amazing collaboration with other Hosts of Movie By Minute Podcasts called The Silverado Minute.

This was the 5th MxM Collaborative project, but it was only the first time that I actively took part as a host due to being eligible with my own MxM podcast MovieRob Minute – Where I’m currently in Season 3 and yippiekayeeing my way thru Die Hard (1988), one minute at a time.

The idea of these collaborative projects is simple – take a bunch of MxM hosts and have each host spotlight a week of the group project in order to let people see the various groups in action while also hoping to help shows gain more followers.

The biggest plus and minus of this idea is that each and every host has a different style and way of doing their shows and it leaves things a bit erratic because of the lack of fluidity and continuity of the movie being analyzed this way.

That being said, it also means that each week there is a fresh take on the movie and that adds so much to the way the movie can be perceived because everyone has their own way of doing things and the diversity of it all is quite astounding and amazing to listen to.

Once again, a HUGE thank you to Jim O’Kane, the Godfather of MxM movies for producing and organizing this project along with the past one and the new one coming out in early 2023 – Bowfinger Minute.

Jim is such a great host and producer and I take my hat off to him whenever I think about how difficult it is to wrangle in these various hosts who each have their own schedules and routines.

Rewatching this film after having listened to 130 episodes of the podcast opened my eyes up to so many scenes, themes and aspects of the film that I had never thought of beforehand.

The story flows so well and they do an amazing job of weaving together so many storylines into one that is so fascinating and engaging to watch unfold.

This is also a very visual film and as great as the dialogue is, the visuals and sounds (including the theme music) help drive the story even more effectively.

The characters are developed really well and despite a few strange sequences and dead plot threads that can be easily be attributed to changed in the script or edits in the editing room, they get so much more right here than wrong whih leaves the viewer with so much satisfaction when all is said and done.

I’m so happy that Jim chose this film for us all to do and I can’t wait to watch this film again and more importantly, I can;t wait for next year collaborative project to get under way!

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In keeping with his English character, Sheriff John Langston (John Cleese) of Turley is armed with an English Enfield Mark II double action revolver. Although correct for the time period of the movie, Silverado (1985) apparently marks the only appearance of this weapon in an American western film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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