The Outlaw Josey Wales steers westerns down the right path

24 Sep

Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales is a revisionist western that takes an unapologetic look at the “horrors” of war. The film is often talked about being a post-commentary on the Vietnam War, but I think it is less about war and more about the revenge of a man wronged by an oppressive group that did not fear any sort of retribution because they were on the “winning” side. This film borrows from a combination of John Wayne movies and Sergio Leone’s anti-heroes to make this hybrid film that will change the perception of Westerns for decades to come.

Wales character wants to fight a one-man war, but he is forced to take take on a couple Native American characters, as well as a naive pioneer family. Wales reluctantly softens his steadfast ways and accepts the fact that all of these characters are trying to begin again, like him. Josey Wales steers the Western genre down the right path.


Chuck’s Grade: A+

Adam’s Grade: B

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