In regards to westerns, I enjoyed the films in general, the themes were pretty basic and classic, the cinematic elements were interesting, the characters fun, but I have to say that the dialogue and plot line gets pretty tiresome after awhile. I do spose watchin' a western once in awhile'de be okay, but three in jus'a few weeks, well, that there's a lil' much.
The thing I really liked the most about these films is the emphasis on the power of the land. The extreme long shots in both of the movies is classic, but I had never thought of the reason for all of them in westerns. But I realize now that the director is trying to point out how the land dwarfs the people, and how man is trying to command this vast, powerful nature, which is much harder than it seems. Man did not know how to handle this challenge, so chaos ensues. I really liked how obvious this message was, especially in "Unforgiven".
Now just a few comments on the characters of "Stagecoach". I have to say that I really loved the character development in this film, these guys were hilarious! My favorite characters were Doc Boone and Bucky. Doc Boone because he just does what he wants and nobody says anything because he's a doctor, or even if they do say something, he basically gives them a big "screw you", especially to the 'upper class' characters. And I love Bucky because he tries to be that 'does what he wants' character, but his fear gets in the way, I find him very real and easy to relate to. Now I just want to take this opportunity to say that Hatfield and Mallory were obvioulsly in a relationship! This is why Hatfield came on the stagecoach in the first place-to protect his pregnant woman! Mallory was apparently very lonely and missed her husband who was in the military, so she gave into temptation, I mean, who can turn down that Hatfield with his jalepeno-looking face and everything? Not Mallory, that's for sure! seriously though, it actually makes sense as you watch the movie and think about them specifically.
In conclusion, gittyup lil doggies!!