“Lets get our rifles and
have ourselves a real big shoot up”. “Just yonder those hills are the snowy
mountains and the valley I told you about”. Words like these are used
plentifully throughout and the over acting just keep on comin’. The story is
all right with many action scenes and love, betrayal and deception. There are
also some funny sections throughout which do not seem to show their age. For
example when one man is trying to have a heart to heart conversation with a
woman, whilst a man hiding in a wagon makes light of it imitating him by
sounding like Donald duck. There are other funny moments as well which makes
this film mildly entertaining.
The story behind it is
about a scout (John Wayne) who works his darndest to help a colony of
settler’s find a new home. Along the way he finds love and many an enemy.
The feuding within the colony is not what this is all about perhaps, but this
is a film dedicated to the founders of Americas modern civilisation. The
settlers find themselves in much hardship and some of the comments throughout
are profound. The hardship is more of leverage for inspiration more than
anything else. The colonies have to cross-rivers, battle raging savages
(Indians) and endure freezing conditions.
The Big Trail is a fairly
slow journey but it does its purpose well. To inspire and help modern people
understand how we all got here. The film by the way is black and white but in
Dolby Surround which is amazing considering. It does not have the flashiness
and edge of modern productions but is feasibly in it’s own right. I for one
have never really got into Westerns, today's CGI movies I just love so much
more being a nerd and all. The older generation would understand it a bit
more especially history scholars. Young people may not have the patience and
tolerance of such old fashioned values and dialogue. I must admit these older
films do seem pretty primitive but practical. But in all fairness it is a
history lesson on colonial times of past era’s.
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