Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)

Some incredible moments, namely the big chase scene (some unbelievable shots in there), John Wayne’s entrance, and the final stand-off (excellent use of shadows and camerawork there)…even if that whole final stand-off and the last part of the movie were the very definition of ‘tacked on.’  And yes, I actually liked the Doc character’s little evolution (probably because I had to watch this for my film studies class and we have to say which character “evolved” or something like that…).  As dated as it is, the movie pretty much set the stage for the quintissential Western in the decades to follow, evil and non-speaking Indians and all…not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing  😕

8.5/10

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