Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Outlaw Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood's "The Outlaw Josey Wales" is a fantastic film if you can get past seeing Clint shoot everybody who comes into his view. He plays an ex confederate soldier whose family is slaughtered before his eyes by a post Civil War pro union group. He becomes a fugitive after mowing down most of a Union group with a gatling gun. It's a fun scene to watch but it's a big contrast to the majority of scenes that take a very naturalistic approach.
Lone Waite, a character he meets along the way is played by Chief Dan George who gives the best performance of the film. He steals just about every scene with Eastwood by acting so natural and minimalistic. He would not be out of place in a mumblecore film. Josey meets other colorful characters during his journey and the film begins to resemble an enjoyable road film interrupted by Eastwood giving us his best squinty eyes and killing people who are after the bounty on his head.
The film has such a minimalistic tone that every character and scene are expected to be understood rather than explained. To Eastwood's credit, he expects his audience to figure everything out on their own and connect the dots themselves. That is until you start seeing and hearing the bullets flying everywhere. Still, this must be one of his best films. It might be a revisionist Western that aims to be something more, but in the end it is a damned good one.

No comments:

Post a Comment