In Costner's film, to whom guilt is assigned is never in doubt, and indeed Spearman initially has to hold Waite back from overstepping the mark - an action which he comes to regret. Like many good westerns, Open Range's central concerns lie around personal freedom and moral rectitude - the balance between which gives a good deal of the narrative its necessary tension. The movie wisely doesn't push them into a quick kiss, but underlines their awareness and reinforces it with some quiet conversations, shy and painfully sincere on Charley's part. Wearing one hat for producing is slightly different than being an actor. . Gambon Baxter and Duval Boss have been around long enough to do things right.
I have to consciously take one hat off to put the other one on. Then Costner was turned loose with his Aw-Shucks-I'm-just-a-gentle-caring-man-in-a-world-of-sexual-predators act. Incidentally for a filmmaker who prides himself on accuracy, Costner has his hero 'fan' off shots, a notoriously inaccurate way of discharging a gun, but that's a minor distraction. Having said that, Costner's awkward farewell to Miss Barlow, saying so much with so little, just before the fight begins, is another memorable scene where sentimentality is kept happily at bay. They are both covered in mud. It's hard for someone to accomplish that.
People in a settlement this size know everything that's going to happen, and as the showdown approaches, they get out of town, climbing the hill to the safety of the church. In the movie's most intriguing speech, Charley outlines for Boss how Baxter's men are likely to react under fire: Who will freeze, who will run, who will shoot first. All of the elements involving Boss and his men and the showdown with Baxter are achieved with skill of a classic Western. It doesn't happen all that often anymore. When Mose is sent to Harmonville for supplies and does not return for several days, Boss and Waite go after him to find that he had been badly beaten by men who work for Denton Baxter Michael Gambon. This is a parody of Unforgiven pretending to merit being taken seriously. One thing that no one disputes: Duvall is magnificent in his part, a performance that may well prove a capstone to a long and prestigious career.
Waterworld's ocean setting did nothing to disguise the fact that that was a film that owed another massive debt to the great American genre: sea fort, lone riders, wide-open watery frontier and all. One says 'another', but upon reflection it is obvious that it's a genre that, creatively, he's hardly left. A properly epic, well paced, and enthralling film, Open Range is a modern western with classical feel. Charley has been under fire, has killed, knows how men respond to the terror of being shot at. Indeed, part of the great success of Open Range is the way it single-mindedly sustains an atmosphere of fateful suspense.
As with many westerns, the film is incredibly lush and gorgeous, taking full advantage of its open, pure, and idyllic setting. There's only one gunfight in Open Range, but it is worth the wait. But I digress, because cast and characters alone do not a movie make. Robert Duvall, Costner, Diego Luna, and Annette Bening, are all terrific and have great chemistry with one another. This is my first written review, so bear with me I've seen many of Kevin Costner's movies both acting and directing , and even more westerns, and I'd have to say that this movie is the best in either category. Costner also did sterling work as Wyatt Earp in Kasdan's 1994 film of the same name - a substantial project, and one close enough in manner to his own to suggest more than a passing creative influence from its star.
The best and most entertaining point in this film is the last hour where the film's most impressive set piece is set into motion - a really incredible gunfight happens. A very large portion of this movie's beginning 45 minutes is about just that. I'm very much looking forward to whatever it is that Costner decides to bring us next. There is a lovely scene where she serves them tea, and Costner's fingers are too big to fit through the handle on his teacup. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them. The shopkeeper and Percy Jeter particularly shined, but every single citizen of that town gave the impression they had a story to tell. Advertisement Boss grazes his cattle on the open range.
My thanks to Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall of course , and Annette Bening for giving me a wonderful experience at the movies. A brilliant western that fits the genre bill and feels straight out of the golden age of the genre, Open Range confirms Kevin Costner's directorial ability, especially when in control of a western. They show him during the fanning shot , firing one six gun far more than six times, without taking the camera off him. In the disc extras, Costner draws an illuminating parallel between the scene in his film in which Spearman and Waite confront the jayhawkers and The Oxbow Incident. His group includes Charley, the younger man Mose , big and bearded, and the kid Button , who would sometimes rather play with the dog than do his work.
Four men and the task they must accomplish, with only the words any four men in a similar situation would say to each other. I have not seen another film that captured the beauty of the title character the open range, nyuk nyuk in such a light. It's shot spectacularly well - a worthy testament of Costner's directorial aptitude. Why can we not get more westerns? The latter was nothing less than a reworking of the familiar Pony Express story, and for good measure threw in explicit references to John Ford along the way. People in the Baby Boomer generation grew up with them on television. But again at the end, the relationship between Charley and Sue seems a little forced.
This might be one of the best movies, audibly-speaking, I've ever heard, which is another reason for ranking it Number One. He's also a vicious killer with a conscience. Then Costner was turned loose with his Aw-Shucks-I'm-just-a-gentle-caring-man-in-a-world-of-sexual-predators act. Spread out almost as leisurely as the rest of the film, Costner and his cinematographer James Muro use a range of shots throughout the violent events to achieve effects both chaotic and planned at the same time. The subtext of the movie is that while Boss' way is best, when actual evil is encountered, Charley's way is required. The movie tells the story of two cattle ranchers Costner, Duvall who are forced to take up arms when threatened by corrupt lawmen.
He needs to see a doctor. Slow burning, character driven and ruminative, Costner's latest has been criticised by some for its too-deliberate narrative pacing. Since I've seen so many, for so long, it's especially high praise. Rather than a fly-on-the-wall point of view on a realistic event, we normally get verbose exposition and other generally out-of-character dialog, so that the less intuitive viewer doesn't get left behind. Waite who has fallen in love with Sue also asks her to marry him. In Wellman's 1943 classic, a rushed lynching leads to a disastrous error and mutual guilt. Like Eastwood's Munny, once justified he seeks stark retribution without compunction.