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All of America in three covered wagons...,
This review is from: Meek's Cutoff [DVD]  (DVD)
This film is about modern America as much as it is about its beginnings and it cracks the myth of the heroic pioneer. Meek is a cross between a mountain man bar-room braggart and a snake-oil salesman, the pioneers, simple hardy people, some seeking a New Jerusalem, a fortune or just a decent life, their 'womenfolk' it turns out, are the the strongest and most sensible amongst them. 'The Indian' painted as a savage by Meek has more dignity than all the 'civilised' whites put together, in contrast to Meek's blood-curdling tales of indian atrocity. A film of great clarity, depth and mystery, beautifully shot and acted. 'Meek's Cut off' also stands as a warning; and this is made plain in the last enigmatic words at the end of the film, which point to the return of considerable uncertainty about the 'American Dream'- a sense of a lack of direction, the scarcity of natural resources, the destructive power of racism, and above all, fear.
Definitely not one for the John Wayne fans.
Similar in feeling to the less subtle, but no less enjoyable-
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