Clint Eastwood (the Eiffel Tower of Spaghetti Westerns) directed a Western movie in the 1990s leading me to believe that Unforgiven would be A Fistful of Dollars amped up to 11. We got a good western alright. Just not what I was expecting.
Unforgiven is a western drama directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, which follows two sets of stories that eventually meet up. One being a retired bounty-hunter (Clint), his old partner (Morgan Freeman) and a youngling who convinces them to help him in a bounty. The other set of stories being set in a small town where the bounty’s crime took place, it’s sheriff and a famous criminal who’s just rolled into town.
From the poster, I assumed that this was going to be another classic spaghetti-western starring ol’ Blondie. I was dead wrong. Unforgiven is more of a hard hitting drama with some western tropes present rather than dominating. You see more human morals come out than arteries. However there is one great shootout scene to make sure that Unforgiven isn’t all talk.
The acting is pretty much what you would expect from Eastwood, Freeman and Hackman but I don’t mean that as a bad thing. Their roles are perfect for the actors, they don’t need to change for the character, THEY ARE THE CHARACTERS.
The cinematography is good (not great) although the shots do have a surprising dark colour in them for a western movie. Most westerns usually just have orange on the screen for the entire time.
Unforgiven is a well done human-drama with enough western tropes to keep you interested. Even though it is a very dark film (you won’t smile once), I would still recommend this to anyone who hasn’t seen it.
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