Rio Bravo- August 2nd

Rio Bravo (1959)
English- Western
Not Rated
Runtime- 141 min.
dir- Howard Hawks

I actually just finished writing an in-depth analyzation paper of this movie and Stagecoach, so you’ll pardon me if I try for some brevity when describing it.

Story/Writing: 1/2

It starts off really great and the plot stays thick almost the entire way through.  Almost.  No matter how many explosives may be used in the last scene, it still isn’t that exciting.  It just seems to throw away all of the character relationships and depth that it had, just for some comic relief.

Acting: 1.5/2

Speaking of characterization, it starts off just as good as the story, just to run into the same problem.  This leaves it feeling diminished and wishy-washy.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

The use of color is very evident throughout, and everything is fairly vibrant. The sets, despite the fact that I know they were constructed, still feel real in the moment.

Sound/FX: 1/2

The soundtrack and music numbers all feel really shoehorned in and unnatural.  The gun effects are good, but any of the other practical effects are all pretty bad.

Misc: 1.5/2

It’s not good, but it does have a certain charm about it that made me want to keep watching.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

Definitely good if you’re into Westerns or the history of post-war films, but it’s pretty interchangable otherwise.

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