Retired gunslinger William Munny comes out of retirement to hunt down two cowboys who attacked a prositute in a small town in Wyoming.
What I Liked
The cinematography is stunning, of course. You’d expect nothing less from a decently made Western.
- I have an obsessive interest in American history, so a film that is set in the past is immediately of interest to me. I particularly enjoyed hearing them talk about the assassination of President Garfield.
- It’s quite a novelty to hear an English accent, when Richard Harris pops up as English Bob. He doesn’t have an awful lot to do, but what he does he does with aplomb.
- I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy good sound in a film, and Unforgiven has very good sound.
- Unforgiven features a star turn by Gene Hackman. Although Clint Eastwood is obviously the star, playing William Munny, it’s really Gene Havkman who gives the best performance as Little Bill Daggert, the town’s sheriff.
- The murder of the first cowboy is pretty brutal, he doesn’t die instantly and the three gunslingers have to listen to him die. This doesn’t sound like something to like about a film, but it’s a great scene, going against the grain of a usual, quick death in Westerns.
What I Didn’t Like
- It’s becoming a bit of a habit for me to say that there was nothing I didn’t like about a film, but it’s true again! I’m obviously just very good at picking films I know I’m going to like!