Thursday, 2 June 2011

45. Shane

What it's about
A man just wants the quiet life and tries to settle down on a farm.

What I thought
Shane was great, I liked the little boy too. I like cowboy films - I get to wear cowboy hats!

What Mum thought
Mum had seen this one before. "It's a proper Western with the good guys in white and the bad guys in black. Ladd is brilliant, as are Jean Arthur and Palance. Sentimental and well worth watching again."

What Dad thought
First time for Dad. "Lovable ex gunfighter Shane gets work as a farm hand in this cool understated good vs evil Western. The scenery is beautiful and there are some really nice touches. The scene where Shane and Joe take on the ‘something’ gang in a classic bar room brawl is great and there is a split second shot where the two characters are fighting back to back and  briefly catch each others eye and smile. This symbolises the understatement of the show, this one smile showing that they have tried being reasonable but, at some point, it just feels good to punch your problems."

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