When outlaw Nat Love discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck is being released from prison he rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those riding with him in this assured, righteously new school Western include his former love Stagecoach Mary, his right and left hand men hot-tempered Bill Pickett and fast drawing Jim Beckwourth and a surprising adversary-turned-ally. Rufus Buck has his own fearsome crew, including “Treacherous” Trudy Smith and Cherokee Bill, and they are not a group that knows how to lose.
Everybody too cool for school
Everybody missing their brain
Everybody a bully
Everybody talking bullshit
Everybody game of thrones
Everybody dead or alive
Everybody style over substance
Everybody a traitor
Everybody an asshole
Oh, and everybody black af!
While most if not all characters were, like, real living persons, the whole story is a work of pure fiction. And the story is as cookie-cutter as possible, like almost every western ever made. Revenge, crime, betrayal … a bit like Star Wars in Texas.
That doesn’t mean I didn’t have fun while watching. The production is very colourful and stylish, with whole black towns … and a very white town in which even all the buildings are white. That’s funny if you like that style of humour. And the whole cast is very talkative. So much so Clint Eastwood would’ve developed ear cancer. But THTF was obviously not made for Clint, and neither for fans of characters like his.
THTF is almost 2 hours long, most of the time it’s just people talking strong and acting like bullies … rather boring after a while. Only towards the end, when both gangs are having their big shootout/showdown, the movie becomes really exciting.
And that’s almost all I’m willing to write about this popcorn flick. This is entertainment on a very very basic level, made for very young and basic people. I can imagine it will find its audience in the States, pretty much nowhere else. What a shame, because the production was handsome and had a great cast. But it missed real heroes, people to root for. We only had a gang of assholes seeking out revenge against a gang of bigger assholes. Not good enough to convince me.