High Noon is classic good versus evil, a common theme in most western film; however it distinguishes itself by creating a character study rather than an action picture. High Noon is less about gun fights and more about a character study on a man facing a threat alone, no support from friends or allies. The western genre provides the background of the story, but Kane is the story and Cooper does an amazing job portraying a man who stands true to his character. One of the greatest western films in the history of cinema, High Noon is a must see for all those who have a passion for movies and compelling characters.
Tribute review as today is Jack Nicholson’s 79th birthday.
Directed by Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd
Review by Tom Coatsworth
Never in the history of comic book films has a film adaptation been so wildly off base of the plot line of the original novel and been so accepted by fans…and critically successful. You have to give A History of Violence that. What really happens is, instead of following the comic book, which works backwards in telling a slightly…well, very different tale of Joey’s past, the film deals with the present and how he moves forward. The “hero” scene is the only loyal part of the movie and the rest goes off on it’s own. The overall factor that I think works for the film is the fact that it maintains the themes of the comic and then translates them into film and goes eh hem “violently” over the line. It never glorifies the violence – it’s almost so realistic you’d ask yourself “I think they really killed that guy…” and knowing Cronenburg, they just might have haha.
Finally. America has been patient and now the weight has been lifted. We have dreamed of this day ever since the finale of “Frasier.” Not since John Travolta in Pulp Fiction has there been such an impressing reemergence into the lime light. David Hyde Pierce is back!
A writing professor of mine once suggested that any serious writer should avoid dream sequences in their stories at all costs; that they are cheap gimmick to allow a writer to introduce meaning and information without the cumbersome trouble of attaching it to a character’s actions. It’s actually a good rule of thumb and a problem that’s been perpetrated in more than one hack’s hands. Of course, the other thing he said is that there are no rules in writing and anything is fair game as long as you know what you’re doing.