Crafted like a fine-tooled saddle
This is a hard film to pin down...given the spoon-fed plots we've all
conditioned to follow. It's sold as a love story, but that's one small
in the film's long, dusty road. If I had to classify it in conventional
terms, I'd put it somewhere between "coming of age" and an "american
odyssey." It's spread out and slowly told--that's the nature of the
But to hell with all that.
I love this film. It's haunting. It's like putting on your favorite old
pair of dusty old boots with their third soles and fifth heels, and
your feet up onto a hitching rail while you're waiting for the day to
off. This is the story of John Grady Cole's serious loss of innocence.
is a stoic, simple, gentle, moral, responsible, sensible, well-mannered
young Texan dropped into some extreme circumstances where his character
tested and proven. The crafting of the film appears to be a direct
of his character. From Barry Markowitz' big-sky, muted-color, wide-open,
slowly-moving cinematography, Clark Hunter's simple yet brilliant
design, to Sally Menke's minimalist editing, all elements of this film
combine to reflect the purity, simplicity and grace of it's protagonist.
The create a purely american western MOOD, and I love the way this film
feels when I watch it.
I love Matt Damon's Texas drawl. Hell, I love EVERYONE'S Texas drawl in
I love the unspoken, little-expressed love between his character and
Thomas' character, Lacy Rawlins.
I love Lucas Black's rough-edged teenager in big trouble, and how he
desperately reverts to his recently-lost childhood when he's being
off to certain death.
I love how Billy Bob Thornton takes his time telling this tale...that's
way his main characters approach everything...patiently.
I love seeing two friends riding together toward who-knows-what in the
middle of a vast wilderness.
I love how even when John Grady Cole is enraged, he's still polite and
I just love the RICHNESS of this film--you can TASTE the cider when these
guys pull over to buy a drink. You can TASTE the beans they eat in
You can SMELL the dust and the sage everywhere. You can FEEL how sore
are after 4 days of breaking horses.
I even love the way "John Grady Cole" sounds when they say it.
I'm trying to put my finger on it, but I can't...this film's like a glass
wonderful wine you weren't expecting.
But I saved the best for last: the most magnificent thing about "All the
Pretty Horses," the force that binds all the rich, disparate pleasures of
watching this film together, and expresses the subdued, pure emotions of
it's protagonist, is Marty Stuart's exquisite score. It's warm like old
wood and worn leather...it's part mariachi, part spanish, part classic
western film score, part bluegrass, but it is PERFECT FOR THIS FILM. It's
constructed entirely around a simple, graceful phrase on a spanish guitar
(obviously a representation of the contents of John Grady Cole's pure
heart) I'm not even going to try to express any more about how great I
it is...I'll just get more frustrated than I already am. Needless to
listen to it again and again and again.
I just happen to love this movie. I'm more surprised than anyone else.
guess you could say, "I'm plum stuck on it--and I don't give too hoots in
holler what the rest of y'all might think about it neither."
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Terrific "western" with passion, romance, and friendship
As per usual, the hypercritics were out for this one. The modern west
depicted in this movie was a sight to behold. The scenes were
especially for someone who has never been out west. The passion, yet
simplicity, of Matt Damon's character came across just as I feel the
directors of this movie intended.
The movie gave you an insight into Mexican family values as they clashed
with our own American ones. Penelope Cruz was wonderful. Her Aunt in the
movie was a very interesting too. Their relationship was the heartbreak
If you love old timey westerns, you will thoroughly enjoy this movie as
did. The mysterious Mexican in the jail was one part of the movie I
figure out with just one viewing. But his spirit moved me. Also, to see
Bruce Dern's character and his small relationship with Matt Damon's, made
proud to be an American. Highly recommended!.