Sunday, November 2, 2008
High Noon (United Artists 1952)
I was wrong.
Even your superior conservative movie guide can make a mistake every once in a while, and I made a big one. About the time I started this blog, I reviewed a John Wayne film titled Rio Bravo. In the review, I compared this movie to High Noon and blasted the Gary Cooper classic as a "liberal film". In fact John Wayne, who was friends with Cooper, told him personally that High Noon just didn't have a great American story. Wayne believed the town in High Noon should have supported their sherrif and fought with him, which I agree.
However when you watch this film, keep in mind today's events. Here is the plot for High Noon from IMDb...
On the day he gets married and hangs up his badge, lawman Will Kane is told that a man he sent to prison years before, Frank Miller, is returning on the noon train to exact his revenge. Having initially decided to leave with his new spouse, Will decides he must go back and face Miller. However, when he seeks the help of the townspeople he has protected for so long, they turn their backs on him. It seems Kane may have to face Miller alone, as well as the rest of Miller's gang, who are waiting for him at the station.
With the election coming up I find this movie NOW a fitting tribute to George W. Bush and the War on Terror, especially when you watch the final scene (below) with Cooper after he shoots Frank Miller and embraces Grace Kelly. I love Cooper's expression at the end.
It says to me, "I fought all your demons. I protected you with my own life. And still you despise me. Good luck with your new Sheriff."
Well...we might need more than luck if Obama turns out to be our new protector in my opinion.
Tick tock...tick tock...tick tock...
I am proud to say High Noon is the Edge Conservative Movie of the Week!