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I often wondered about 'dat!,
This review is from: Far And Away [DVD]  (DVD)
Cruise plays a little Oirish boy, whose father is killed during a stand off with the towns landlords.
Seeking revenge, he meets Kidman, who stabs him with a fork. He then spits in the main bad guys face, who challenges him to a duel at dawn.
Kidman rescues him and they set off for America, with dreams of winning some land in Oklahoma. Cruise becomes a bare knuckled fighter, and Kidman learns how to wash clothing properly.
They get double crossed by Colm Meany, and Kidman gets inadvertently shot.
Then we get treated to a big finale....
There is a reason why I have held off watching this movie for 22 years. I saw the trailer endless times, and it looked a bit, well, meh...
Now I know why I never bothered, it's blooming awful, and Howard treats the viewer like an uneducated idiot.
it's as if Hollywood has taken one of the most depressing (albeit fictionalised) times of a country, and gave it a wonderful shine.
It ticks all the clichés you would expect in a wannabe epic, beautiful sets, costumes, and awful accents.
Yes, the race at the end is pretty brilliant, but you have to endure two hours of awful dialogue and pathetic stereotypes to get there.
It's by 'Far and Away' the poorest film Cruise and Howard have worked on.
But, it's the best film that has Cruise run so fast, it skips eight months....