Hang 'em High Reviews
Holy shit! The organ in the movie soundtrack! It's just like a part in Red Dead Redemption 2. I can hear and see the influence. Well, Denis Hopper's appearance was short lived. IT would have been nice to know what happened to Hopper's character. He seems like he was in some kind of cult or worship circle. Insane how many prisoners they got down in that cell. Things were so much more simpler back then before industry and consumerism. No stupid application to get a job, open ranges where you can ride your horse through with no cars, and much more simpler living with minimal distractions.
The zoom in's are so funny to watch. Tarantino uses them in his movies. It adds to dramatic effect. Pretty badass how he's now turned Marshall and is now going after the men how uno him. I'm curious to find out who the blonde is looking for. The judge does;t seem to play fair game. It seems like his pride gets in the way. It's insane to see how people treated hangings back then as if it were T.V. show marathon or some kind of big blockbuster movie. The way people gathered. Funny how the leader of the gang ended up being a coward.
What makes this Western so special is that it doesn't follow the common formula that most Westerns use. The interesting use of different camera angles and wide quick zoom ins makes this movie a landmark in Western filmmaking. There were some great moments in this movie.
Hang 'Em High
Hang 'Em High is a character driven action thriller about a man fueled with vengeance that latter gets seduced by the justice side of the coin.
The premise has enough potential to bedazzle the audience which it delivers unflinchingly in here and addition to that its gripping screenplay that enfolds and ensues more fragile and layered concept that just mere fist fighting. The action sequences are well choreographed and easily draws the attention from the viewers especially the way it glorifies and savours each and every moment.
It consists few nail-biting political debate and also raises the question of the transaction of the system of law from the western world's perspective. The star cast doesn't snatch away the actual crisp or essence from someone else's track and offers them enough room and range to factor in effectively in the bigger picture.
The script is mature than one would expect especially its last act that is surprisingly softer and sensible that one usually doesn't get in such action features. It is rich on technical aspects like cinematography, camera work and editing that helps chew the characters' perspective in, appropriately which are aptly cooked and three dimensional.
There are few pathos track in here but it is what helps keep the feature grounded and viewers rooting for the character. If Eastwood is ferocious and has finesse, Hingle is equally powerful and challenging for him with Stevens supporting her decently especially in its last act.
The director Post may not have Leone's precision but has patience and awareness of its characters strength which he uses it wisely. Whistle blowing dialogues, sharp sound effects and mature take on the genre are the high points of the feature.
Hang 'Em High hangs stuff higher than genre calls for or one would expect, it's refreshingly good.