Wow, this was pretty bad for such a high-rated movie
Look, it wasn't despicable or anything, but an 8.0? WTF are people smoking? Because I want some.
Let me start out with the good:
1. The cinematography was outstanding. The director of photography should be commended.
2. The scenery as astounding. Monument Valley? Are you kiddng me? Wow. Just awesome.
3. The plot. Great story. I couldn't believe John Wayne was going to shoot her. That's pretty rough.
And that's it. And that's not enough. Not for an 8.0.
The bad was just plain awful.
A. I've never considered him to be much of an actor, but I've never seen John Wayne be more John Wayne than he was here. In other movies, it is toned down to some degree or other, but here his John Wayne-ness was on full display. Ugh.
B. The other acting was hammy and over-the-top. There was absolutely no nuance. This movie could have been pulled off by 4th graders in a school play and it wouldn't have appeared to be anything different.
C. The incidental music was anything but incidental. It was in your face, too sugary, too much.
D. When is John Wayne going to stop saying "Commansh" already? God, that was annoying. Say it with me: "Coh-man-chee."
This is supposed to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time. And I like a good Western. This was not one of them. If I had just gone in with, this is a decent Western, I might have liked it. But I went in with very high hopes, and came out not liking this movie.
I want the doctor to take your picture so I can look at you from inside as well.