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There’s nowhere left to go January 31, 2010

Posted by regan222 in Movie Madness.
There really is no place left to escape to.  I just watched Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnson.  This is one of my all-time favorite movies.  A young man of suitable nature and character leaves civilization to become a mountain man.  Along the way he gains and looses family and friends and enemies.  Aside from the wonderful cinematography (I wish I was a DP like whoever did this movie – on the other hand it is hard to take a bad picture in those parts of Utah), the story appeals to me on multiple levels.  On the surface, the story is decent and enjoyable.  It is something you can watch with the family and yet it is not boring or childish.  On a deeper level, the theme that one’s character is judged by one’s enemies more accurately than by one’s friends is something that appeals to me.
In this day and age, real enemies are few and far between.  Real enemies must usually be dealt with in a permanent manner.  Today that is hard to bring about.  On the other hand, the people who disagree with you say much about your beliefs and opinions.
This is also one of the most funny movies I have ever seen.  When Will Geer asks Redford if he is SURE he knows how to skin a grizzly bear, you know something is about to happen but you will not guess what finally transpires.  The conversations with Del Gue are stilted dialog scenes equaled only by John Wayne in True Grit.  I wish they still made movies like this.  I can only imagine the politically correct, boring, generic, derivative drivel that today’s studio’s would put out.  This movie does not fit any of the popular stereotypes that today’s moviemakers are limited to and so it would never make it into distribution.  Too bad.  I sincerely hope the Internet becomes the place the release new movies.  Considering how easy it is to make a movie in this day and age it is only a matter of time until the studios are replaced.  It can’t come to soon for me.


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