Right Off The Hollywood Assembly Line
Muddled story about gunslingers in 1879 Tombstone, boom town of the Old
West. Too many speaking parts and a lack of character focus make a mess
of the plot. Cast extras number in the hundreds if not thousands. This
is a big-budget Hollywood production, bombastic in tone, with lots of
violent action, and not much depth.
The film's casting is generally atrocious. Kurt Russell, complete with
ugly mustache, looks too young to play a retired Wyatt Earp. Powers
Boothe, who was quite good as preacher Jim Jones, is not convincing in
a story set in the nineteenth century. The cast even includes old-man
Sam Elliott, a has-been actor from the 1970s. And the women, cast
mostly as ornaments, make no significant impression.
Despite being too young to play Doc Holliday, Val Kilmer gives a fine
performance as the alcoholic but eloquently spoken Doc. Unlike other
actors who phone in their performances, Kilmer at least tries to imbue
his character with some uniqueness.
Wyatt Earp yearns for some peace and quiet amid retirement. Of course,
things don't work out that way, as a gang of thugs invokes Earp's
wrath. Lots of shoot-em-ups initiated by scowling villains who, in
stereotyped fashion, have no sense of humor. Even the dialogue is
clichéd. Costumes are way over done, and feature black suits and capes,
Hollywood stylish in the 1990s.
Cinematography features an unfortunate widescreen projection that
leaves lots of black space above and below the images. Some of the dusk
scenes are evocative, with human silhouettes set against an orange
sunset. Most of the film looks like it was shot on studio sets and
back-lots. The film's thundering score is overbearing and manipulative,
totally in keeping with a film that is in-your-face blunt. Sound
effects are needlessly exaggerated.
There's nothing subtle about "Tombstone". Except for Doc Holliday,
there's no depth to the characters. And there's no depth at all to the
contrived story. This is a film that's benefited from lots of marketing
and a big-name cast. Like most Hollywood assembly-line films, the
effect of "Tombstone" is momentary. It will leave no lasting
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Absolutely one of the best westerns... nay films... ever produced!.
the best wyatt earp flick ever.
A DAM GOOD ONE!!!!!!!!!.
Tombstone is the best western. Wish they could somehow make a sequel, or show how Doc and Wyatt met. Something, just give us another outstanding cast and picture..
No joke one of the best films I've ever seen. Someone enjoyed it that much as I do?? Oh really guys you have to!.
Still Quite Remarkable
Not sure how it happened but somehow I ended up reading about one of my
favorite American anti-heroes, Doc Holliday, the other weekend and by
golly I was inspired to dig out my tape of TOMBSTONE. And gosh darnit
this is still a very enjoyable modern day western, with a fabulous
cast, some great laugh out loud moments and a sly sense of humor that
sets it apart from some of it's more lead-footed contemporaries.
It's far from a perfect film. Kurt Russell isn't quite larger-than-life
enough for Wyatt Earp (he's still the COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES guy,
even thirty five years later), the screenplay & cinematography is hit
or miss in spots. The music is stirring at the right moments but
doesn't have the resonance of something like Walter Hill's THE LONG
RIDERS -- still my personal favorite of the modern era westerns -- nor
the novelty of a good old spaghetti western score.
The comparison to spaghetti westerns is inevitable, as far as I can
see, mostly because TOMBSTONE is a cartoon of sorts. A graphic novel
for grown-ups that just happens to use the legend of the Gunfight at
O.K. Corral as it's departure point. It's colorful, bloody, bombastic,
funny, pop oriented, and yet it has some very memorable moments that
are perhaps more important than the work as a whole. Westerns in
general are usually more about their individual moments than their
story arcs, an attribute that directors like Sergio Leone or Sergio
Corbucci understood very well. I think both of them would have enjoyed
TOMBSTONE & gotten a kick out of how some of their own ideas were
recycled by the very industry they themselves were recycling.
The standout attribute of the film is still Val Kilmer's delightful
interpretation of Doc Holliday. With his southern drawl, cultured
mannerisms, sly quick wits ("I've got two guns, one for each of ya.")
and still quotable one-liners he created a role that was uniquely his.
Whether or not it was as historically accurate as Kirk Douglas or Jason
Robards or Dennis Quaid's versions isn't important. And like him or not
as a person, the moments where Doc gets to shine are the movie's high
points. The best part of his role is that Kilmer seems to have been
aware that TOMBSTONE was a cartoon, and caricatured himself
accordingly. As did many of the supporting players, particularly Powers
Booth, Michael Biehn and Stephen Lang's delightfully scummy Ike
Part of what makes the film so remarkable is what a star crossed
production it was in the first place. Originally a Kevin Costner
envisioned project, he departed quickly to make his own Wyatt Earp
movie upon creative disagreements with writer + original director Kevin
Jarre, who was promptly fired when Kurt Russell came into the project
and changed it's focus. Robert Mitchum was injured before he could play
his role, a sitting director could not be secured until the late George
P. Cosmatos agreed to helm. Kurt Russell apparently directed the bulk
of the project himself just to keep the production alive, which perhaps
explains some of the more awkward moments.
The most awkward being Dana DeLaney's role as Josephine Marcus, Wyatt
Earp's love interest. Her part was either inflicted on the script
hastily or is sadly under-written, a conclusion borne out by stories
about an original three hour version that might have explored her
character in a bit more interesting of a manner. I also can't get
around Bill Paxton as Morgan Earp, who makes bizarre facial expressions
through the whole film that aren't helped much by that cookie duster
mustache he grew. Then again one of the historical accuracy traits the
film boasts is that all of the mustaches and period costumes are real,
which explains why Val Kilmer is sweating there in a wool suit for the
entire movie. No air conditioning in the old west.
So while it may not have the poignancy of UNFORGIVEN or the breadth of
THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY or even the macho swagger of an EL DORADO
John Wayne film, TOMBSTONE is one of the great American westerns and a
marvelous entertainment & deserves to be seen again. Here's a movie
that's worth owning your own copy of.