I know many tend to recognize George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as a classic but I always had been struggling to connect with it in the manner I see others do. That’s not to say it’s a bad film in the slightest but given the film’s reputation, I strangely found it of all things to be quite a slog to sit through from beginning to end in spite of elements that come along that could easily provide an entertaining ride. I’ve grown up on Paul Newman when I was younger, but even with that said I was never all that big a fan of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at a younger age. Hoping to find much more to appreciate this time around, instead I found myself at distance like always. Continue reading →
A lot seems to have changed amidst the perspectives from watching The Searchers at different points of my life. My first viewing from childhood left a mark on my life that has never faded away. Looking at The Searchers amidst a more critical standpoint only further solidifies how highly I think of it. At this point, John Ford has mastered story structure in such a manner that everything is so seamless from start to finish, it could not be any better a film than it already stands out to be. Often hailed as the greatest American western, the reasons behind such a lofty reputation flash so clearly on the screen. In all the beauty which it displays, it is also a film so scathing with its views on the intolerance flooding society that still bites perfectly well today.
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