One of the best Westerns ever made.
I absolutely love this movie! I could watch it every night. Favorite scenes: early scene when Emmett kills the guys who try to jump him, steps out of the cabin with the rifle on his shoulder, when Jake steps out of the saloon, says Hey! and kills Tyree and the other deputy, when Mal kills Slick, when Emmett's rifle is damaged, he dropped his pistol, but he knows he has to kill McKendrick, so he steers his horse into a building, turns it around, and wallops McKendrick in the head with the horses' hooves when McKendrick rides by, when Paden shoots Cobb, and when Mal is jumping from rock to rock with his rifle in hand. Each character has a scene which defines their personality, their willingness to do away with the bad guys, and caring about what they thought was right. All of the cast is great. Sure, the story is very simple, and has been used before, but who cares? This movie makes that type of story an epic, and so does Open Range, also starring Kevin Costner, but in a different way, because it is a different movie. Favorite characters: I like all four of the heroes, but for different reasons. I like Emmett because he is not like the other characters. He does not make jokes like they do. He just laughs at them. Of course, he probably thought that it was pretty funny when he pulled that stunt on Sheriff Langston. Emmett is just different, which is a good thing. I like Paden because he is friends with Cobb, but does not know what Cobb is doing behind the scenes until later. But when he does find out, he does not get nervous, or mad, but instead, is calm, cool, (very cool), and collected. That is why I had to watch this movie several times before I realized that Paden knows what's going on much earlier than you would think. That is because he expected that something was fishy way back at the cavalry outpost, when Cobb said he had a legitimate job. But Paden just tried to blow it off by making a joke about it because he was hoping that Cobb was not doing that kind of thing anymore. His suspicions mounted when Tyree came onto the scene, with an evil look, a sneer, and a joke about a dog to go along with his instantly not being liked by the audience. Cobb still was doing that kind of thing. It was not actually affirmed to me that Cobb was the main badguy until the scene where Cobb punches Kelly in the stomach, throws him out the door, is "warned" by Stella, and shoots Kelly. But Stella was not warning Cobb, she was warning Kelly, even though she has a distaste for Kelly, and later, hates Cobb's guts and everything else about him. I like Jake because he does not have any personal enemies, but still just comes in, and starts a ruckus. That is what makes him so funny and energetic. I like Mal because he cares for his sister and his father even when they thought he was not coming back, and Rae does not want to have him in her sight at first. He cares for his sister, that he is even willing to kill Slick, who did not do anything especially bad to Rae personally, but he did to Mal himself. That is why Mal had to kill him- he obviously did not think he deserved to live. And to top it all off, they are all VERY good shots. Favorite lines: Hey!, Where's the dog?, Welcome to Heaven, Looking for this?, Oh, Kate! Sweet Kate!, I don't want to kill you, and you don't want to be dead, and you better start lookin'.