Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 7:35AM
Ed Harris' new Western, Appaloosa, will get the Toronto treatment over the next few days at the best film festival in North America. The film is an adaptation of a book by Robert Parker and it has some pretty intense characters, which along with terrific cinematography, are the real reasons to see this movie. Incidentally, the director of photography on this film (and it was a great hire) is Dean Semler, who has shot plenty of desolation in his time, lensing The Road Warrior, Young Guns, Dances with Wolves, The Alamo, and Apocalypto. He even won an Oscar for the Costner movie. Because the stark nature of the American West is such a huge part of any good Western, the cinematography has to be there. Witness Robert Elswit winning last year for There Will Be Blood, and two other Westerns, both photographed by the best in the business, Mr. Roger Deakins, being nominated, as well. Having seen this film, I think these posters are a touch too bleak, although on their own, I like them a lot. They certainly don't misrepresent the cut-and-dry story in Appaloosa, but there is a certain edge to these one-sheets that I wouldn't say the story reflects. In spots, it's actually one of the more sardonic Westerns you'll see, and I mean that in the most flattering way possible.
So there are Ed Harris,
Renee Zellweger, and
Jeremy Irons. Like I said, it's great work, and
I'm sure they'll be plastered all over Toronto for the next ten days or so. If
you're not going to take in the festival, however, you can catch Appaloosa in
theaters on October 3rd.