Thank you once again to the two lovely girls who are hosting this Legends of Western Cinema Week (and also incidentally two of my favorite people) Emma and Olivia!!! I almost didn't join in again, but as usual I'm glad I did!
So between Eva's and Olivia's reviews this film is practically the movie of this year's western week. I've even talked of my feelings for it here before (every word of which is still as true this moment!). Yet even so, folks, it is a train, which, with the Insp. bubbling with my pure love of the story, could not but bring me here. So here I am because I love it. I still remember standing in the church hallway going batty over the trailer for it literally years ago, and that bit of giddy delight which is all its own has never quite left me.
First of all, the theme song - the first panorama with its spectrum of simple western scenery, the first chords of the song, and - be still my heart - because it starts pounding madly every time I hear it.
Gary Cooper was well-known as a silent movie actor and oh is his talent ever shown here as Will Kane! I'm not sure if it was not he who first made the strong silent type my Ultimate Ideal, yet I do know that he is the measure to which I compare all other heroes I meet. Olivia mentioned that she thought he was very Christ-like in how he stood alone against evil with all the town deriding. I had never thought of it before but I totally concur. (Dear Olivia, you have my gratitude. :)) He tells the people, they think he is a fool, and he protects them anyway, even against their will. His entire character though is summed up in the line I always remember of my brother's (and which I've quoted on the blog before here actually), "He's a tough guy that doesn't have to prove it to anyone."
Amy seems to get a bad rap sometimes and it is so not fair, people! She is rather hard on Will at the beginning (how could she with him looking down at her like that?) However, I think the line that is somewhat slipped over and forgotten is the one where she tells Helen how her father and brother were shot and I really think that would color one's outlook on life, especially when it comes to your husband of 10 minutes. So altogether I think her emotions are terribly realistic. Besides which her running back scene is the BEST EVER!!! I get fireworks of tingles. Every. Single. Time.