Movie Review: Tombstone (1993)



Yet another movie review from me that features a western. What can I say? I love westerns! They are my favorite genre of movies (Except for the Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp). And I had heard some great things about this movie. So I decided to sit my ass down and watch it.

People, the movie that features performances from Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Dana Delany, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Michael Rooker, Thomas Haden Church, Stephen Lang, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Zane and many more.

The lawman Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) just wants to retire after a success of cleaning up crime in Dodge City, Kansas. So he comes to the “quiet” little town of Tombstone. He goes there with his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliott) and Morgan (Bill Paxton). But the retirement plans are gonna have to be interrupted. In the litte town of Tombstone trouble emerges and the three brothers have to become lawmen again. They also team up for that with Wyatt’s old friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer). There is also a sort of love triangle between Wyatt, his wife Mattie (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) and a woman named Josephine Marcus (Dana Delany). While the western, lawman stuff of Tombstone is great, I still have to complain about the love triangle thing. It’s so sappy and unnecessary. Sure, they wanna add more felsh to the bone, but the love bullshit is not one thing that is needed. I also have to mention the suspense that comes from the fact that Doc has tuberculosis which adds the suspense of not knowing when he’s gonna bite the dust. That is why he’s so reckless with his life, he doesn’t wanna die in a hospital bed, he wants to go out in a gunfight. Or as he called it “Die with his boots on”.

The characters are so well portrayed by their respective actors that I can’t see any problem in them. What I have to give most credit on however is Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. That man is honestly giving an Oscar worthy performance. Well done Mr. Kilmer. You won my ass over.

The music in this is your typical western movie soundtrack and you should then know that it is fucking amazing. Not saying that it is Howard Shore – Lord of The Rings amazing. But westerns usually have great soundtracks. Tombstone included.

Here is a new segment of the review that I will only have if I review a western. And that is where I talk about the gunfights. A western is usually not complete without a good gunfight. And this movie have those, a good amount I have to say. The gunfights here are well made and entertainging as hell to watch. But I do wonder how their guns never run out of ammo except for when the story demands it. Realism is not the strong suit. But that does not matter as long as the scene is entertaining.

The reception Tombstone got was pretty good when it came out. It was even called “One of the 5 greatest westerns of all time”. Most of the praise towards the movie was because of Kilmer’s amazing performance. Even Roger Ebert called this movie good.

So based on my mostly positive opinions on the different aspects of Tombstone and the bonus for being a western point it will get from me a 9,1/10. It is that good and worth picking up. It even made position 4 on my “Top Movies list”. So go buy this, like…now. Go. Fucking do it. I command you!

This was my odd and meh review of Tombstone!

Goodbye for now!

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