Holy fuck. For years and years, I've watched movies, movies, movies. However, there's too many movies that I've let slip through my fingers, obvious films that everyone says you're supposed to see. For instance, I just watched Goodfellas a few weeks ago. Now, Unforgiven. I also don't think I've seen Scent of a Woman. For every awesome indie flick I feel I'm totally badass for having seen before 'the crowd', I'm finding there are a dozen obvious films that are well-known for being amazing I haven't. It almost seems stupid to review a movie that most people have already seen though. I'm doing it anyways because, as I've always said, Bageena is really for me. I have a bad memory and sometimes I forget things I've seen.
I don't think I'll have a problem remembering this movie though. Unforgiven is a dirty, gritty film that skews the romantic western genre. It doesn't glorify violence - it sorrowfully bears it like the crippling weight it really is. Every death here is meaningful. Clint Eastwood, the old gunslinger who comes out of retirement one last time to ride with his friend Ned Logan and a young seemingly up-and-comer Schofield Kid. They go to avenge the rumor that two men cut up a prostitute. The rumor is true, but from the outset, it's remarkably hard to both men. The one who really had nothing to do with it besides make some terrible decisions when it came to helping his friend. He's a young guy and he meant no harm at all - he was there to 'play pool' at the local tavern.
So when you don't hate the villains properly and you can't hate the heroes either, where do you turn? People you don't want to die ARE dying left and right, and there's nothing in the film (as in life) that's fair or right. There are lots of things you expect in a film, and this movie didn't rise to the bait on most of them. The typical moral story here is fucked right from the get-go. So I really can't say enough how awesome it is or how moving - this is a beautiful film that deals with not-beautiful things.
Short review. I gots work to do.
Unforgiven (1992) - ****