SomeÂ said that Once Upon a Time in the West (1968; reviewed here) left Hollywood with the feeling thatÂ Sergio Leone had done all that was worth doing with WesternsÂ for some time to come. It wasnâ€™t until the early 1990s that anyone would try their hand at picking up the threads Leone had left behind. In rapid succession, Kevin Costner first released Dances with Wolves (reviewed here), and shortly thereafter Michael Mann adapted Fenimore Cooperâ€™s Last of the Mohicans. It was Leoneâ€™s protÃ©gÃ© Clint Eastwood, however, who most closely extended themes featured in Spaghetti Westerns, in this weekendâ€™s movie recommendation Unforgiven (1992).
Eastwood plays William Munny, a man â€œcured of his wickednessâ€ from his days a drunken outlaw and gun-for-hire. Sobriety came ten years ago, only after his late wife and mother to his two children forced him into an honest life. But honesty hasnâ€™t come easily to Munny; every dayâ€™s pig-farming, especially with aching, alcoholic joints like his, takes its toll. Continue reading “Weekend Film Recommendation: Unforgiven”