The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

With Clint East­wood too busy mak­ing films with orang­utans, few stu­dios both­ered with the western dur­ing the 1980s. This shot at the genre – a lav­ish and stud­ied up­date from noted film­maker Lawrence Kas­dan – rolls all the es­sen­tial ele­ments into one big full me­tal jacket and prin­ci­pals Kevin Kline, Kevin Cost­ner and Scott Glenn barrel grit like they were born with dirt in their mouths. Zip­pidy­doo-da. ★★★✩ from a halfway house. The word­play be­tween Smith and Lawrence is the most zippy since Mur­phy and Nolte in 48 Hrs and di­rec­tor Michael Bay ( Trans­form­ers) adds sev­eral flavour­ful touches to the buddy movie genre. The big ques­tion is, how much bet­ter could this have been if it weren’t for that ghastly sepia-tinged pho­tog­ra­phy? ★★★ in his pitch­fork for a brief­case. Di­rec­tor Tay­lor Hack­ford ( ProofofLife) con­structs a heavy-handed thriller with en­ter­tain­ing but ul­ti­mately soul­less vis­ual ef­fects. Pa­cino rev­els in the role of the Great Se­ducer, while Reeves fi­nally shrugs off his per­sona from Bill&Ted. ★★★✩

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