Today's film is Stagecoach. It's supposed to be one of the first decent Westerns. There have been a lot of Westerns before and after this movie, and honestly most of them aren't that good.
I actually saw this as more of a road trip movie rather than a Western. Obviously the setting is in the Wild West and there are cowboys and Indians. But really, this could have taken place anywhere. Basically, this random group of people are traveling from one town to another and are taking a stagecoach to get there. There's two ladies, one of whom has a baby during the voyage, a bunch of guys, and John Wayne is there too. They are being escorted by soldiers through Apache territory, but for part of the voyage they are on their own.
I think this movie is different from most Westerns because it mainly focuses on the interactions between the travelers. There is a lot of good acting going on, and there aren't too many of the stereotypes we see in all Westerns.
However, one of the last scenes is them being chased by weapon-wielding Apaches, which adds a lot of excitement to the film. Most of my in-laws are from the Apache tribe and still live out west, so it's nice to see my husband's family represented in film. Oh, wait, they're the bad guys in the film, never mind. My husband still isn't going to watch it since he's very anti black and white film. But I would like to know his opinion.
After they, for the most part, safely arrive in town, the focus shifts to John Wayne's character. The people who had him captured for reward reasons let him get his vengeance and then let him escape with his fiancee. Oh, so he's all of a sudden a good guy now? All that effort to keep him and now he's just going to leave? Like that? Come on. For real yall. This movie wasn't that bad, so I will give it a 7/10.