John Wayne and his son Patrick star in the Comancheros. An
old Western movie that fans of the genre would enjoy. This reviewer however
has seen very little of these films and judgement is obscured by the fact that
they have never grabbed my attention. The last one I watched was enjoyed
however, this being the famous High Noon. We analysed it at school and it was
great fun. This however is not as involved or deep enough to really ensnare
the interest of this reviewer. It does have some action scenes throughout and
the punch-ons are fairly convincing but the film industry has evolved onto
better things of late.
The story is that Captain
Cutter (John Wayne) is hired to infiltrate a violent gang of gunrunners. He
goes by a false identity and enlists some help in his journey. John Regret
(Stuart Whitman) is the unlikely extra hand who along with his romantic
interest heed to the challenge of helping Cutter. They end up at the camp and
are immediately put on trial and it is not without the help of a beautiful
woman, that they make a difference.
The story has alliances
with Apocalypse now in the respect that John Wayne is going by false identity
into a violent community run by an invalid. The whole cowboys and Indians
thing is very dated now. The stunts are nothing to write home about. A lot
of it is falling off hoses and guns going off, it is all an old concept. In
this age of computer CGI’s and spectacular fight scenes eg The Matrix. I
can’t see why anyone would like to watch these films to be absolutely honest.
Sure our fathers would probably love it. John Wayne is a very well known actor
and there are a few familiar faces. The people starring in these movies are
very handsome people especially the women. Stuart Whitman starred in another
film that was much better “The Guns of Navarone” which I would recommend to
Also the acting is
outdated by the sharper and cleaner acting we see in films today. The acting
seen in this film is very old fashioned. Something the younger generation
will not relate to. The role models that this Hollywood past production
aspires to create will not be something that anyone growing up on the witty
and sharp pop culture we have today.
Overall I am afraid if you
have not seen any westerns but are curious about it watch High Noon and not
this series. These westerns are not up to date with the culture of today. If
you want to watch something like this it is better to switch on the TV in the
middle of the day to watch a matinee with Marilyn Monroe.
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