Tombstone ★★★½

You gonna do something, or just stand there and bleed?

Yeah, I love Red Dead Redemption II. Very strong seven out of ten, could go up to eight on a rewatch, and this feels like it has high rewatch value. Tombstone I think I value mostly as very study filmmaking. Like, just look at this cast, here I list the actors I'm familiar with in it: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Stephen Lang, Thomas Haden Church, Michael Rooker, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Zane, Terry O’Quinn, and Robert Mitchum. That's about as stacked of a cast as you can hope to get for a man's man who's who of 1993 cinema. The documentary Val is what inspired me to finally check this out, and I'm grateful to have a new self-perceived blind spot crossed out. What most impressed me with the film in particular beyond its really intricate and fun writing, and how it's using good actors well, is how for especially after seeing Doc Holiday highlighted in Val, I didn't see Val Kilmer when I looked at this character. From the very first shot you see of him, the sweat dripping down his face, the sunken eyes, you may in the back of your head know what is going to happen to him by the end, but it makes watching his part he plays with the Earps that much more interesting to me. There's a sense of camaraderie, friendship, seeking messy justice but some early iteration of justice in a time where that was a foreign concept, that's what I imagine makes this film endearing to this day for so many people. If you want an entertaining western with an open heart, here you go.


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