One of the best Westerns
Reviewed by GapOkie for Shane at 2011-09-06 22:40:11
With 3 of the best movies actors of the era - Alan Llad, Van Heflin & Jean Arthur, 'Shane' ranks as one of the best Westerns & a great movie any genre. The mysterious strangers comes to the valley to save the homesteaders from the evil cattle baron's hired killer. Sounds trite but the superb writing & acting, the great gunfight scene between Alan Llad & Jack Palance (what a great villain) & scenes at the homesteader's farm raises it way above the mundain.
B-T-W, Eastwoods 'Pale Rider' was a tribute the 'Shane'.
A Worn Period Piece
Reviewed by shanahan for Shane at 2010-03-06 16:43:14
This "classic" does not actually wear very well. It has an at times almost offensively melodramatic score, the acting is uneven (Brandon De Wilde quickly becomes irritating and Jean Arthur is sometimes silly in her overacting) and the violence becomes gratuitous. The setting is spectacular, and Alan Ladd plays his part well. But the script is actually thin and predictable. Worth seeing because of its place in the cinema history of the 1950s, but not much more.
Surprisingly enough, I actually liked this little Disney remake--of course, I've never seen the original, but still.. It's almost charming in its own cutesy syrupy way. As per usual, Danny Glover elevates this film, and Tony Danza almost turns in a credible performance(Translation: He doesn't ruin the movie..how about that?)
If you need to revel in early 90's live action Disney nostalgia, go ahead, sit through this thing.
Though I'm sure not many people have heard of this flick, I would argue that it stands as the single best of all of Charlton Heston's performances on screen. He fully inhabits the title role and plays it with an understated realism rarely seen in the rest of his work. The character of Will Penny is no larger-than-life epic hero, he's just a man with a man's failings, and Heston beautifully conveys Penny's awkwardness and fear of commitment as well as his strength and courage. Heston was never better.