She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
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After the first ten minutes of this movie, I was determined to like it. The colour cinematography is absolutely gorgeous; it makes what would normally be distractingly obvious sets into beautiful landscapes, and accentuates Monument Valley's splendor. And John Wayne is charismatic and believable as Captain Brittles. Sadly, just about everything else in the movie is very forgettable. The themes are muddled; I can't tell if they're trying to say something about the world changing around you, or not abandoning the past. And the plot itself is so dull and uninspired, along with the cookie cutter love triangle. The object of affection within the triangle is pretty predictable, but the two vying for her love aren't even one-note. They might be half a note. I enjoyed the romance in The Searchers because the characters were likable and memorable, though maybe it was a bit too bright in comparison to the rest of the movie (but that's another discussion). The pacing was also poor. I found myself bored for long stretches that are basically just occupied by terrible comedy and the love triangle. The score is alright, though not terribly remarkable. I can't say it's bad, because the good elements are so good, but there's so much forgettable stuff that it just falls somewhere in the middle.
very good western but not one of my favourites.
There was just something about John Wayne in this particular film that moved me, and yes I have seen The Searchers.
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This movie ranks #16 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
This movie ranks #36 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #79 in 100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #201 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #388 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #459 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #782 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #814 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?