“Lady, you don’t know how hard I am trying to stay alive”
It’s no surprising that it’s an aesthetic pleasure to watch, and feels expertly directed. However, there’s a heightened expressionism and theatricality in the duration than I originally anticipated. This was particularly strong in the first testimony, certain other testimonies, and in the transitions into testimony. The rest is classic Ford Western, with beautiful long shots of the West, beautiful close ups, and dynamic action staging.
The acting performance is great. It’s Rutledge, and thus Strode’s, film and his performance. Right down to his eyes, the resignated stoicism, which mixes with seething anger. Skidmores is the next best.
The narrative is fascinating. His constant consciousness of the danger of…