Six points about:
Clint Eastwood’s new movie, Sully comes out in the UK/Ireland soon, so I decided to do a six point series with some of Eastwood’s most successful directorial movies. While he has had a few flops, *cough jersey boys cough* he has certainly made a huge contribution to the movie industry. We are starting with Unforgiven, a movie that came out 1992, which was a fair bit into Eastwood’s directing career but this is the first real successful, popular and to be honest, good movie that he directed. His previous attempts simply didn’t click, but perhaps gave him the experience and knowledge that he needed in order to make classics such as this, and if that is the case, then surely he can be forgiven right? It only took him 15 movies to make a good one. Everyone still on for the forgiveness? Good, let’s get into 6 points about Unforgiven.
1. Gene Hackman was the standout
It’s hard not to fall in love with some of the actors in this movie, given their astounding performances. There isn’t enough adjectives in the English language to describe how good these performances were, and that’s really saying something. Personally, Gene Hackman was the stand out. His performance gave you such an insight into his character, and you knew every single personality trait that he had. From a laughably bad carpenter, to a ruthless cold-hearted killer, he could change the mood of a scene in an instant. He would give a chilling speech or horrifying action, and this is what made the character so damn interesting. There are many interesting characters in the movie with fascinating character arcs, but Little Bill Daggett tops the lot.
2. Everybody else was pretty good too.
My previous point is not to take away from everybody else in the movie. Eastwood offered a great insight into his character and put in a very good performance. His character, Bill Munny, had one of the most intriguing story’s that I have seen in film for a long time, and he only got better as the movie progressed. Morgan Freeman was brilliant as ever, and is just one of a whole host of great performances for the seasoned actor. Jamie Woolvett was good as The ‘Schofield Kid’. It was an interesting performance and look to have been a wasted career by Woolvett given his performance in this movie. It is hard to find a poor performance in Unforgiven, and even every minor character put in a good shift and made the movie much better as a whole. Big props to everyone on this department.
3. beautiful cinematography was hard to ignore and the screenplay was very nice and tidy.
This movie was shot very beautifully and had some gorgeous shots. The opening scene was absolutely wonderful, and would immediately grab anybody’s attention. The shots of the small western town were always nice to look at – in fact everything in this movie was nice to look at. The screenplay was tight and while never being amazing, it was always solid. Little Bill Daggett had some very gripping conversations with many of the other characters in the movie. Unforgiven won the Oscar for best editing, and it shows. It was never jarring, and always had me interested.
4. The overall story of Unforgiven was gripping and intriguing.
Down to its core, this is an inspiring story about forgiveness, revenge, desire and death. Take away all the Oscar winning acting and editing, the fancy cinematography and clever screenplay, and this is still a gripping tale. Clint Eastwood really hit the nail on the head with this one and it never failed to disappoint. There is little more to say on this matter, other than the dynamics and mechanics of the story brings out all kinds of emotions while watching.
5. There are some slow/jarring parts to Unforgiven.
I know what you’re thinking. I just said that this isn’t jarring, but I was talking about the editing, not the movie as a whole. This was down to lazy directing/screenplay, and despite all my previous praises, it felt as if Eastwood fell asleep for about 15 minutes. This occurred at the end of the second act and luckily, the crew of the movie woke up and created a brilliant third act. If the movie had have been 10-15 minutes shorter, then that would have solved this problem. It almost felt as if they were just trying to pad out the runtime of the movie and added needless scenes.
6. Overall, this is a gripping tale with fantastic acting and one of the best ever westerns.
If you’re movie gets titled as one of the best of its genre, then it’s going to be pretty damn good. Unforgiven is up there with the best ever western’s and Eastwood seemed in his element directing the movie. This suited him down to the ground and he put in an excellent performance to go with it. Unforgiven deserves all four Oscars that it got, despite the negative point above. I highly recommend this movie and will be one for the ages. I rate this 9/10, only losing its mark because of the disappointing 10-15 minutes at the end of the second act.
We will have more Clint Eastwood movies out throughout the rest of the week, and we will finish the series with Sully. 6 point reviews will be up for other movies also, as this week isn’t exclusive to Eastwood.