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Unforgiven (1992)

Clint Eastwood doing what he does best.

Retired gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes one last job — and even more reluctantly accepts a boastful youth (Jaimz Woolvett) as a partner. Together, they learn how easily complicated truths are distorted into simplistic myths about the Old West. Richard Harris, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman also star.

If you were to stumble upon any known spaghetti-western film of the 60’s and 70’s you were probably going to see the face of Clint Eastwood, who’s violent and quotable protagonists have made him a huge pop cultural icon. So if you liked any of those films you may like this one.

The one thing about Unforgiven that you have to notice is that it’s very different from many other of the huge Westerns. This film instead being all about the action and violence that come within the story, it’s more about the story at hand. It shows these characters as actually more than just one-dimensional characters, and shows their feelings and how real they seem to be.

A lot of the stereotypes that are in many Westerns are basically thrown right out the window in this film. There are a lot of meaningful discussions on life, love, death, and most of all murder, and how they affect each and every one of these characters.

Though I really liked this film it did have it’s problems. Though I liked the performances from these actors I felt like some of these side characters weren’t really needed and just felt like they were put in to put in big names for a main card. Another thing that really does beat this film is that it really doesn’t add any suspense to the last 20 minutes of the film. The film really doesn’t all lead up to it’s final minutes which would’ve created those last couple of minutes to be really good.

Clint Eastwood, who also directs, does a great job in this film, and shows one of his better performances. He shows us this two-dimensional character that does seem real, and has feelings unlike may of his others. Though I felt like he was too silent, he still does a great job with adding emotion to a character that sometimes seems like he has none. Gene Hackman, also brings in an Oscar-winning performance, as he plays the hated sheriff of the town and creates a character that we just hate and want dead right away.

Consensus: With a couple of misfires, Unforgiven still makes a wonderful Western film, that has more story, and better acting than your normal Western. This is certainly my favorite Western of all-time, and shows that Clint Eastwood surely can make masterpieces.

9/10=Full Price!!!


4 responses to “Unforgiven (1992)

  1. mcarteratthemovies November 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Little Bill Daggett made the top of my best all-time movie villains list. I mean, you have never hated anyone as much as you hate Gene Hackman in this movie. He is such a rampaging, unapologetically evil bastard that he deserves top-tier status in ANY list of great movie villains, if you ask me.

    I like that you touched on the lack of action relative to other Westerns; the character development is what sets “Unforgiven” apart. Since I’m not terribly partial to Westerns, I liked this and felt it gave the movie depth. Plus, Clint Eastwood excelled on both sides of the camera.

  2. cmrok93 November 6, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Yes, thank you for acknowledging that. Cause many people will say it’s bad cause it’s not like any other of those Spaghetti Westerns. Which is why I liked it so much.

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  4. sundaydumbday February 19, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve always liked Unforgiven in that it is a very dark western and although many of my fellow critics disagree I feel that it will only get better with age. Great review!

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