A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
1h47min (1995) Western, Action, Thriller
We all loved a good spaghetti western. Raimi had updated it and crushed it. Well done sir. – Neverends (IMDB – 9/10)
Suggested to me on a whim, The Quick and the Dead takes this genre to a nineties modern gritty style. Still giving you tropes that you would expect, the broad cast plus plot together is somewhat underrated to today’s rating standards. It is crazy that duelling fights or tournaments were the norms not too long ago. Creative in how this gets suspenseful behind quality life and death stakes, there are memorable performances here that shall keep your attention.
Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio emphasis on their archetypes is way better than the stereotypes used in this old school frontier town. Stone as the main character is the pure definition of a badass female in comparison to others. Gene Hackman’s acting as the villain creating the event is the perfect antagonist providing the heat you want to hate.
Russel Crowe’s dialogue is of an anti-hero preacher but the underdog approach is underwhelming. Then a young DiCaprio as the kid is pure charisma contra to underlying beliefs of realistic human behaviour. Now all four of these people have more than one quickdraw shootouts that lead to changing rules to death is the only option. These scenes are the most serious as the cheesy elements upon the cinematography as well just make sense within the time period piece.
Overall, it was more impressive than I thought it was going to be considering the length and girth of context expressed. I recommend it to all fans of cowboys and Indians as I am critical of that stuff while this particular one standing out from the rest I have seen. Maybe groundbreaking for its release, fair enough if you judge for yourself and still disagree with my points made here. This type of language used in the content is not for everyone or something you have heard before although, still pretty good considering my score below this paragraph.