Enjoying the Depictions That Western Movies Give Us
|November 22, 2011||Posted by berns under Western Serials, Westernfilms||
The majority of western movies will usually show a gunfighter against another gunfighter. One would usually be the good guy and one would usually be the bad guy. However, both of them would be very handy and quick with a an old wheel gun or single shot rifle, it would often be exciting thinking which of them was going to end up being shot first. During the early westerns, often it would be the cowboys against the native Americans or even the cavalry against the horseback riding gangs. These western movies would follow a specific set of stories and scenes that was the staple at the time.
After many years, moviegoers would change and so did the people who made the western movies. This would bring on the western genre of films that would depict the wagon trail or the settler’s trails and these would become the norm for that period. There was even a point when the most successful western style of movies would feature a singing cowboy and even dancing of some sort.
Reliving the Past with Western Movies
Nevertheless, all things comes back around again and it has been the gunfighter genre that has been shown to withstand the test of time. For example, in 1939, the movie Stagecoach, which was a silent film was considered to be a great western and to this day it is still considered a classic. But, by the 1960’s, the beautiful landscape that was such a very large part of the movie Stagecoach had given way to the gritty gun fighting movies such as The Magnificent Seven and the movies that were called spaghetti westerns because they were being made by an Italian director. This gun fighting regime would certainly hold its own and eventually come out as the top favorite version of the western movies genre.
More modern examples are western films like Young Guns and Tombstone. These were harsh stories that would tell the story of some of the Wild West’s most well known or infamous people like Billy the Kid, Doc Holiday, and Wyatt Earp and usually feature many fist fights as well as gun play.
The New Style of Western Movies
In the last few years are western movies such as the Unforgiven and Lonesome Dove that proved highly successful as well. These were not considered to be gunfighter movies in the strictest sense. But it is certainly debatable with Unforgiven specifically. Nevertheless, these were more character driven films that would portray the hard life one had in the west and in the lawless towns that they would go through. It was Unforgiven that became well acclaimed for being an Academy Award winner.
Hence, as more western movies are being produced and filmed, there are much more to choose from that could include gun fighting, wagon trains, and even some dancing or singing cowboys if that is the request. One thing for sure is that this genre is here to stay, forever.