Appaloosa is no Lonesome Dove but having said that, it was a good and enjoyable cowboy movie. All westerns have pretty much the same theme that I like. There’s a bad guy or guys who run rough shod over the good folks. Then, there’s a good guy who, against unbelievable odds, takes on the bad guys. It is good vs evil and as a rule ends in a gunfight and some sort of finality.
Most of the time, there’s a woman. In Appaloosa, which was the name of the town, all the elements were there. Both Ed Harris and Vic Morgeston were perfect for their roles. Both fit Ayn Rand’s “indivituali at all costs.”
The movie did something that movies rarely do, explore the relationship between men. Morgenspn was an articulate former West Pointer and Ed Harris was always out to improve his mind–themes rarely pursued in westerns. With this one and Lonesome Dove, my favorite, to include recent Westetns like Open Range, good dialogue appears to be as important as gun play.
The female played by &&& hit that mark of exploring relationships with some of the best dialogue ever, Ed Harris says about xxx on praising her qualities even while knowing her less than stellar character, “She is clean, takes a bath everyday.”
There are way too many nuances in this movie to fully explore, less I give it away. Morgasen understands quickly about her philosophy, “if she ain’t with the one she loves, she will love the one she’s with.” She is headed toward choosing a more powerful and rich former bad guy and Morgensen a woman like this one. For his old feiend, he performs a final act of kindness. He takes care of the powerful bad guy so that his old friend can have the woman.
Good movie, check it out.