Movie Review: Easy Rider (1969)

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If you have a motorcycle you’d most likely want to get your motor runnin’ and head out on the highway. You will be lookin’ for adventure in whatever comes your way. Yeah darlin’, you’re gonna make it happen if you take the world in a love embrace.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Easy Rider”.

So in this movie we follow drug dealers/bikers Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper, R.I.P). After having scored some money after re-selling some cocaine they set out on a road trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. And despite the premise being as simple as it can get, thanks to the excellent writing the story really fired all of it’s guns and exploded into space. The presentation of this road trip is excellent, having our “heroes” running into some interesting characters along the way, including the lawyer named George (Jack Nicholson). The story was great.

The characters in this movie are all very colorful and entertaining. None of them feel dull or out of place in the slightest. Peter Fonda is excellent as the more rational of the two main guys. Dennis Hopper is also very good as the more fun and care-free of the two. And then we have the supporting character George played by Jack Nicholson. Was there ever any doubt? He’s Jack Fuckin’ Nicholson, he was terrific in this movie as the alcoholic lawyer our “heroes” pick up along the way. Every actor in this movie was in fact great despite very few of them actually getting any real screen time.

This is an early example of a movie using only licensed tracks instead of an original score. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the mix of tracks they used for this movie fit perfectly into every part they were used in. And like a true nature’s child I enjoyed listening to the music in general.

This movie was directed by Dennis Hopper, who also stars in the movie. And he did an excellent job directing it with a lot of energy and with a very fun style that perfectly fit the movie. There is one scene in the movie in particular that was especially great, I’m not gonna say more about than that it appears near the end. In this scene the direction in combination with the editing makes the scene terrific and makes it feel like we were born, born to be wild. Also, in the scenes when the characters smoke marijuana, the actors actually smoked mairjuana. While science and research has proven that it hasn’t caused any deaths, it still makes me climb so high because I never wanna die.

This movie has bee nvery well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 86/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars and has it on his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10. The movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best Supporting Actors (Nicholson) and Best Original Screenplay. 

“Easy Rider” is a simple movie with a lot of good storytelling going on in combination with excellent performances, great music and great direction/editing. Time for my final score. *Vroom Vroom*. My final score for “Easy Rider” is a 9,88/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.Seal of Approval

“Easy Rider” is now reviewed.

BORN TO BE WIIIIIILD!

 

Movie Review: 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

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Getting tired of seeing westerns appear on the blog? Don’t worry, it won’t stop for a good while. Anyway, old westerns are great. Ever seen “The Dollars Trilogy” (“For A Fistful of Dollars” “For A Few Dollars More” “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”)? No? Then you’ve missed out on something. But then there are the old western classics that somehow get remade. A prime example is the classic “The Lone Ranger” which got remade into the 2013 piece of shit. Then we have this thing. Based on a 1957 movie by the same name it has gotten its fair share of success. But what does this western loving reviewer think?

Cowboys and cowgirls…”3:10 to Yuma”.

The story is set in the old west. It follows rancher Dan Evans (Christian Bale). His farm got attacked by a bunch of guys who want money from him. A day or so later he gets robbed of his and his sons’ horses by a gang led by Ben Wade (Russell Crowe). Some time later he catches Wade in a saloon with the help of some lawmen. He also agrees to take Wade to a train that’ll take him to a prison in Yuma where he will be hung…as long as the lawmen pay Evans 200 dollars. So they set out on an adventure to get Wade to Yuma, for Dan to get his money to pay to keep his farm alive and escape the rest of Wade’s gang which at the time of Wade being captured is led by outlaw Charlie Prince (Ben Foster). Dan also gets closer to his son William (Logan Lerman). What makes this story a lot more interesting is hte fact that throughout the journey, Evans starts more and more to empathize with Wade and they become almost, just almost like friends. Don’t get me wrong, the story was interesting from the beginning, but that part just gives the movie a lot more depth and a little more of an edge than it would have had without it.

I gotta say, for a western…this movie has A LOT of character depth. Especially in the character of Ben Wade. He is cold, intelligent, calculating, charming and even a bit funny. And Russell Crowe delivers it with such pitch perfect acting that I see it as Oscar worthy. Another great character thing was Charlie Prince. He was a little like Wade…cold, calculating and charming. And it all worked out thanks to Ben Foster’s excellent performance. One last thing I have to mention when it comes to the character/acting department is my opinion on Logan Lerman as William…he was fucking excellent. He was okay in Percy Jackson, but this was also circa 2 years before that and he gave a great performance…I was honestly surprised by it. Great job, Logan!

The music is your typical western fair, only with a little more edge. And by that they manage to use the guitar even better for a western soundtrack than most movies. So yeah…I love it. Also it has to be good, it got nominated for a fucking Oscar…yeah, the soundtrack. So the music in “3:10 to Yuma” is some of the best I’ve heard in any movie.

One thing I have to mention, no doubts is that this movie looks fucking excellent. Long wide takes and beautifully filmed. That is all.

Time for the segament “Gunfights” that I mention in all-ish my western reviews. I talk about the gunfight(s) of the movie. And how are the ones in “3:10 to Yuma”? They are tough as nails and really good. Sure, they are not as satisfying and entertaining as in “Tombstone”, but they are still good. I mean, they at least beat the ones in “Maverick” by a long shot. They are all very well choreographed and work excellently in the movie’s favor.

The reception for this movie was just…good. Nothing else to say. Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 88% rating and certified it “Fresh”. Metacritic liked it and gave it 76/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 4/4 stars and say this in the process:

“James Mangold‘s “3:10 to Yuma” restores the wounded heart of the Western and rescues it from the morass of pointless violence. The Western in its glory days was often a morality play, a story about humanist values penetrating the lawless anarchy of the frontier. It still follows that tradition in films like Eastwood’s “Unforgiven,” but the audience’s appetite for morality plays and Westerns seems to be fading. Here the quality of the acting, and the thought behind the film, make it seem like a vanguard of something new, even though it’s a remake of a good movie 50 years old.”

It got an imdb rating of 7,8/10.

Now that I have thrown out my opinions on the parts of story, characters/acting, music and other general bullshit that is to dicuss, I am rewarding “3:10 to Yuma” with a 9,70/10 and a reccomendation to add this to your collection as soon as possible! This movie is a must see for western fans and film buffs alike. IT is also very possible for a normal person to like it too. And as I said before in the review, major cred to Russell Crowe in this who is Oscar worthy.

Now the review in done, my friends!

Bang bang, bang bang bang…oh sorry, I was playing with this here revolver and…Bye.