For April 9th- The Hi-Lo Country

It seems a little strange at first, that a genre like Westerns can be quite so constrained as far as plot variance.  Once you take a closer look at the characters that are normally involved in these movies, however, the reasons for the plots become obvious.

This film is just a stock Western with the standard  basic variations in plot and characters.

Story/Writing: 1/2

Normal plot.  Friends tied up in a love triangle set on the backdrop of the Southwest in the first few years after WWII.  And of course drama quickly ensues.

Acting: 1.5/2

Woody Harrelson leads a pretty good overall cast.  Billy Crudup and Patricia Arquette follow right behind.  Even though Crudup’s character is central in the plot, and narrates some events, Harrelson still steals the show.

Photography/Set: 2/2

An easily well-framed Western with great period focus.  The film looks perfectly set and dressed from top to bottom.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Good sound and visual effects for instances of violence.  It’s just too bad the soundtrack is not very good at all.

Misc: .5/2

Not re-watchability, even if you manage to make it through the first viewing.

VERDICT: 6/10

Kind of blah.  There are better movies if you need a modern-ish Western fix.

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About svolkmer

Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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