The film is regarded as one of the most influential film in American History. However the film was unappreciated, misunderstood & unrecognized by the critics when released. Add insult to injury, the film didn’t win even a single Oscar.
The film is a classic western made by universally acclaimed old hat John Ford. At the time he made this, he was recognized as one of the greatest directors of Hollywood & regarded as master of Western. The film inspired so many great directors all over the world including Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Steven Spielberg (who confessed that he has watched it more than 12 times before making his film debut), Lucas, Scorsese.
Let me tell you very frankly that watching western like this is totally different experience for me. Don’t expect usual cowboy gun trotting action from John Ford film, rather its more dark & melancholic in nature which is quite rare. Ethan returns to home after a long gap finding his brother, sister-in-law & their one of daughter killed by Comanche tribe Indians. They took the other daughter with them as hostage. His mission of life is trailing the killers, getting back the surviving other daughter named Debby from them & seek revenge.
John Wayne gave his finest performance as fierce, rugged, lone ranger as Ethan Edwards.
Densely layered with vivid characterization, the film portrays the authentic lush frontier cinematography & Ford’s distinctive visual poetry shape the film from beginning to end. Watch out the feel of dusky & sunny scenes with moving action canvassing wide shots in natural colors which are still unparalleled in cinema.
It’s surely true masterpiece of film making.
Must watch for all classic admirers.