Movie Review: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Josey Wales

Westerns! As you probably know by now, I am a sucker for a good western. The cowboys, the revolvers, the horses, the shooting, the music, there is just so much I love about westerns. Sure there are some bad apples out there (I am looking at you “Jonah Hex” and “The Lone Ranger”!), but when as western is good, it is good. And with that said, time to review a western. Come to think of it, I haven’t reviewed a western in a while, so this is exciting!

Cowboys and cowgirls… “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.

This movie is set right after the American civil war and follows farmer Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood). One day a gang of bandits kill his wife and son and also burn down his house. And as you may expect, Josey isn’t having any of that shit. He goes after them, but then he has to run for his life as these bandits had sided with union soldiers prior to the attack. Right there I was like “Holy crap, intrigue in a western!”. I do tend to like western plots a lot, but I have to admit they are similar a lot of times. But this movie has some unique intrigue to it and that is something I really liked about it! I was surprised by the depth of the plot of the movie and I loved it!

The characters were pretty cool actually. Not only because they were in a western but also because they all had some kind of personality unique to them. But most of them don’t really matter now as this is really (like a lot of 60s/70s westerns) the Clint Eastwood show. And I was actually surprised to see Clint Eastwood go slightly out of his “Man with no Name” persona to add more layers and emotion to his performance. Hell, in the beginning when his family is dead and he has buried his son, he cries… and he does it well. His performance was really good overall with enough badass to keep it entertaining. Great job, Clint!

The music in the movie was great. It was composed by Jerry Fielding and felt like classic western music but with a few tracks taking a more emotional style to them. But for the most part we got typical cool and epic western music… which is something I love with all of my heart.

As this is a review of a western movie I have to bring in my “gunfights” segment. So let’s dust it off and go through with it. *Cough* The gunfights in this movie are kind of like those in Sergio Leone’s “Man with no Name” trilogy only maybe a bit more intense and cool. I mean, I guess the fact that the movie came out in the mid-70’s it had more balls than westerns from the 60’s. Just saying, intensity is great.

This movie was directed by Eastwood himself and man, am I glad he did. This movie is visually great. Groundbreaking? Not really, but it is still very well-directed. Also, did anyone else notice how Eastwood’s beard grew more and more as the movie went on? I don’t know why, I just noticed it and I am weird.

This movie was really well-received by people and critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating. Metacritic doesn’t even know this movie exists (those cunts). Roger Ebert clearly liked the movie seeing as he gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10 (Sidenote: That is higher than I expected). The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best original score.

“The Outlaw Josey Wales” is a western that gives more than it would seem by having an intriguing plot, a great performance from Eastwood & the supporting cast, a great score, good direction and great gunfights. Time for my final score. Oh hi, Jeff, you’re on time for once! Why are you dressed like a cowboy and why are there bullet holes in you. What? “Outlaw Jeffy Wales?” well this is silly. You got the envelope? Thank you! Sorry about that! My final score for “The Outlaw Josey Wales” is a 9,84/10 which as you should know by now grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“The Outlaw Josey Wales” is now reviewed.

Dying ain’t much of a livin’ boy…

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