Stagecoach- May 22nd

Stagecoach (1939)
English- Western
Not Rated
Runtime- 96 min.
dir. John “BAMF” Ford
 

If you don’t know who John Ford is, he pretty much made the modern Western what it is today.  If you call yourself a film, you should put Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance on the list of movies you need to watch for educational purposes.  This is because, although the Western is an oft misused genre, it contains many lessons that those who study film should know.

Story/Writing: 2/2

A really well tied together plot that has more than one trick up its sleeve by the end.

Acting: 1.5/2

The two leads, John Wayne and Claire Trevor, do well to move the plot along.  The rest of the ensemble is a little off and on throughout.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The sets are good, as is the photography.  The set dressing leaves a little to be desired, bringing down what happens in the frame to the actors.

Sound/FX: 1/2

Some of the editing is a little choppy, along with reused shots.

Misc: 2/2

Full of a lot of stuff that should interest those willing to learn.

VERDICT: 8/10

One of the Ford classics.

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