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Sit back and partially enjoy
on 21 November 2010
I have previously stated that i am a bit of a western fanatic but normally only go for those ones that have some depth and meaning. The last exception i made was for the film "The Quick and the Dead", which i reviewed with a title "Sit back and enjoy". This film directed by Laurence Kasdan i saw on television recently and have reviewed with the title "Sit back and partially enjoy".
Both films are similar in style, but i have to be honest in saying that this one
only rates *** due to its excessive sub plots and some terrible casting. John Cleese as a small town sheriff is just too ridiculous for words and spoils the first quarter of the film. Then there is the young Kevin Costner as the devil may care young gunman. He is also hopelessly miscast, look at Leonardo de Caprio in "The Quick and the Dead" and you will see what i mean.
Otherwise, this is a good western with lovely scenery, good cinemaphotography and plenty of well directed action. It will not, however,become part of my western library, unlike "The Quick and the Dead".