Sunday, April 12, 2009

AppaloosA

Three years ago we came home from a road trip to Texas, and were thrilled to find that watching Tommy Lee Jones in the movie Three Burials of Melquiades Estradaallowed us to prolong our memories of the Texan-Mexican borderlands.

This time it's the duo Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in AppaloosA that take us back in memory to the prairie we so recently crossed.

If you loved Mortensen as Strider in The Lord of the Rings, you will hardly recognize this clearly versatile actor in the West Point trained right hand of the marshall portrayed by Harris. An odd duo if there ever was one, they discuss affairs of the heart the way no Western hero ever did.

As is often the case, the special features offered with the DVD add understanding and appreciation of actors and folks behind the scenes. Ed Harris who also had the director's role is most generous in pointing out not just the accomplishments of the cast, but of nearly every crew member. The IATSE must be pleased to get more than bugs in the movie's credits.

This said, I shouldn't forget to mention the amazing Jeremy Irons, whose classy English act makes for an utterly charming but unpleasant bad guy, or the lovely but cunningRenée Zellweger who surprises, albeit mostly the men (both in the movie and those in the audience with her ulterior motives.
Btw did I mention we just returned from a road trip? We drove by Ms. Zellweger's home town, Katie, TX. (nah, no link, the only thing that makes the town memorable is that Renée was born there).
The rest of the cast is equally splendid, if you take time to listen to Ed Harris talk about their involvement you'll appreciate them even more.

The scenery speaks for itself. Big Sky, prickly bushes, sand and no doubt rattlers waiting to attack …
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