In the 2010's, the Golden Days of the Western Film have long been gone. Back in the days, certain directors were specialized in making them, most notable John Ford, Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. You don’t find this kind of highly specialized directors anymore. At its best, a modern Western film in 2014 is something a director, for once in his career, gives a shot at; a style exercise so to say. There’s often a strong hint of irony in these films. Everyone’s familiar with the archetypes of the genre, so let’s just blend in as many of these elements and then we’ll have nice piece of pastiche cinema!
In 1950 Hollywood produced over a 130 Western films. In 1960 not even 30. The film genre’s popularity decreased, which was largely the result of the rise of the Western TV series like Bonanza, Rawhide, Gunsmoke and The Rifle Man. They kept the audiences away from the cinemas and glued to their tubes. The genre as people knew it became worn out. Then Revisionist Western film makers like Sam Peckinpah and Alejandro Jodorowsky revitalized the genre. Their films didn’t just depict the white men as good and the Indians as evil and challenged the genre’s fixed aesthetics, to put it bluntly.
Some say the Western Film has been dead for quite some time now. That is not true, although, admittedly, pretty much of what happens today is indeed retro and pastiche. Or postmodern if you wish, that obnoxious, inevitable term. Well, what follows are the best Westerns of the 2010’s according to us.
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Hostiles (Saturday July 1, 2017)Director Scott Cooper Cast Rosamund Pike
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Brimstone (Wednesday March 1, 2017)Director Martin Koolhoven Cast Dakota Fanning
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Django Unchained (Tuesday December 25, 2012)Director Quentin Tarantino Cast Jamie Foxx
The word ‘pastiche’ almost seems to be invented for Quentin Tarantino’s films. Known as a cinephile extraordinaire, he pays homage to dozens of genres, films and directors within his work. But that doesn’t say it’s only a gimmick. Django Unchained is his first proper Western, although many of his earlier films borrowed a fair amount of the genres’ features. (Remember Inglorious Basterds’ brilliant opening scene?) The story is simple. Django is a former slave determined to revenge his former owners and to free his enslaved girlfriend. He’s helped by a peculiar bounty hunter named Dr. King Schultz, which is another magnificent (and Academy Award winning role) by Christopher Waltz. Well, it’s not too hard to imagine what great things Tarantino can create with these ingredients....Read more
The Revenant (Friday January 8, 2016)Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu Cast Leonardo DiCaprio
If you are looking for a truly immersive Wild West experience, than The Revenant delivers just that. The dreamy always moving cinematography, the amazing landscape, and the raw acting of the likes of Tom Hardy bring those times back to life. The story and film itself are actually quite meager, but that is not what it's about. It's an unique movie experience from the makers of Gravity. ...Read more
Hell or High Water (Friday August 26, 2016)Director David Mackenzie Cast Chris Pine
Starring Jeff Daniels (who else) as a soon-to-be-retired grumpy sheriff chasing two bank-robbing brothers through Texas, 'Hell or High Water' is a truly triumphant modern Western. Atmospheric, thrilling and darkly comic at times. An absolute must-see.
Das Finstere Tal (Thursday March 13, 2014)Director Andreas Prochaska Cast Sam Riley
Arrival of a solitary strangers in the high villages situated in Alps stirs ambiguity and suspicion in the hearts of locals as...Read more
The Magnificent Seven (Friday September 23, 2016)Director Antoine Fuqua Cast Denzel Washington
This highly anticipated remake of the 1960 classic 'The Magnificent Seven' (which itself was a remake of Kurosawa's brilliant 'Seven Sumarai') slightly disappointed when we first saw it. But all the same, it's a very solid, entertaining and well-crafted western.
The Salvation (Friday February 27, 2015)Director Kristian Levring Cast Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen is a peaceful Danish settler who unleashes the anger of a mean gang leader after he kills the murderer of his wife and children. Mads Mikkelsen is always great....Read more
The Homesman (Sunday May 18, 2014)Director Tommy Lee Jones Cast Tommy Lee Jones
In 2005 actor-turned-director Tommy Lee Jones surprised friend and foe with the surprisingly strong neo-Western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. The genre suits Jones, so to say, as The Homesman is one of the most interesting films of 2014, and the definitely the best western of 2014 I’ve seen so far. Hillary Swank, in an impressive lead, is Mary Bee Cuddy, a somewhat quaint young unmarried woman who takes the task of escorting three mentally ill women through the vast and dangerous plains to the nearest asylum. Jones himself plays an opportunistic claim jumper who accompanies Marry Bee after a weird twist of faith. The Homesman is stunningly shot and succeeds wonderfully at shifting between hilarious, dark comedy and truly gripping drama. Tommy Lee Jones established himself as one of Hollywood’s most interesting directors with this outstanding feature film....Read more
Jauja (Saturday December 27, 2014)Director Lisandro Alonso Cast Viggo Mortensen
Viilbjørk Malling Agger
A captivating tale that depicts a Father's desperate search for his daughter as he ventures into an unknown desert in the...Read more