Geez, if you seen the utter boring stupidity that is Wyatt Earp first (which I unfortunately did), you may ask yourself like I did, will this movie be any good? Well, my friend, after seeing this flick, the answer is FUCKING HELL YEAH!!! Erase everything you know and heard about Wyatt Earp (and please lets do) and rent this sucker. Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer pretty much suck now, but back then in this movie, man, itíll knock your socks off. For those who havenít seen Wyatt Earp, DONíT, and rent this film.First of all, the plot is widely known. Wyatt Earp (Russell) and his brothers Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) arrive in Tombstone to find prosperity and richness and trying to get out of the ďlawmanĒ stuff after cleaning up Dodge City. Unfortunately, in Tombstone, the gang of The Cowboys (The Clanton Gang), which are headed by Curly Bill Brocius (Powers Boothe), and Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) have infested the town with their shit, and soon after a few incidents, the retired Earp is forced to bring out his guns again and start chasing the Cowboys, all leading up to the infamous shooting at the OK Corral, and afterwards on.
"Who Wouldíve Expected It To Be This Good?"
First of all, I always like historical movies to be accurate to the material that theyíre presenting. Iíve always said that history always brings out the best of plots; if and only if theyíre present it the way it was. Historical inaccuracy has always been present in Hollywood, and it has pissed me off many times when that happens in a historical movie, and brings up a bunch of lameass bullshit instead. But when they come up with some great stuff, then thereís pretty much nothing to complain about. Remember Braveheart? It was a historically inaccurate film, but it kicked ass since it was artistically well made. Itís damn cool, and well made despite the inaccuracies. This movie is pretty much the same way. It tends to be formulaic, but man, itís blend of action, drama, and comedy cuts through time like a blade and as the film progresses, youíre rewarded with enjoyment and entertainment, and like everyone has said, thatís what moviemaking is all about, entertainment. Sure, the danger signs are pretty eminent. George P. Cosmatos is known for his load of trashfests like Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Cobra, and later, The Shadow Conspiracy, but if there was ever a movie that he at least made it well, itís this one.
The action scenes are well staged and placed, and every performance is given to the fullest. Fuck Kevin Costner playing Wyatt Earp, Kurt Russell IS Wyatt Earp. The lad has emotion, has anger, and doesnít let anything back, and he was fearsome to watch. Val Kilmer though, gives his best performance of his career as Doc Holliday, and somehow manages to eclipse Russell. Two big surprises: Powers Boothe is unusually wacky and enjoyable as Curly Bill, and I say surprising because itís a rare role for an actor whose used to take more serious roles. Michael Biehn is the other surprise, playing the evil Johnny Ringo, and its enough to say that with his performance here it just proves more and more why Biehn is one of the most underrated actors in the business.In the end, forget that Wyatt Earp exists and watch this film. It has everything that Wyatt Earp never had, and its fun, its damn good, and its fucking awesome. Seriously, this film is your huckleberry. (4.5-5)
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originally posted: 08/02/02 13:55:17