Once a staple of American cinema, the Western has seemingly gone the way of the dodo.
I know that there have been revivals with films like Django Unchained and the remake of True Grit, but the genre itself has been dormant since the 1970s.
I originally hated Westerns, as they seemed to be just slow paced crime films full of cowboy lingo, but that all changed when I watched The Searchers, then the Dollars Trilogy.
I think what I like so much about Western’s is just how invested they are in the protagonist. The plot sets up moments that challenge the character and the central theme is generally based around the protagonist himself. If good and evil is the theme, it is the protagonist’s morality that is the focus. If racism is a central theme, it’s the protagist’s racism that is the focus. If poverty…yada yada yada. You get it. These films are personal and character based in a way I see so little in modern films.
So, put your shitty comic book film collection aside and watch Once Upon a Time in the West. Those who know me can thank me later.