THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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HICKOK (2017)

There’s a new western out but it doesn’t feel “new.”  It has a classic feel to it.  In Hickok, Luke Hemsworth wears the legend of Wild Bill Hickok well, breathing fire and compassion into the famed folk hero.  Veterans Kris Kristofferson (as the mayor who asks Hickok to become marshall of his lawless town) and Bruce Dern (as the crusty town doctor) counter Hemsworth with gravity and wisdom, and Trace Adkins plays the heavy well, not showing all of his cards at first but then stacking the deck against Hickok, whose anti-gun ban has chased away most of his lucrative saloon business.  When Trace’s Mr. Poe gets angry, the whole town knows it!  Adkins is fierce when he needs to be, a formidable adversary for Abilene’s new lawman. 

With Hickok, Luke Hemsworth (you may know his brothers Chris and Liam from a few other films) turns in a star-making performance as he finds the depth and humanity that turns Wild Bill from a legend into a human, someone you care about as he finds ways to make Abilene safer, especially when little Joey is shot in the leg, the catalyst for Wild Bill to get serious about really enforcing the law and the quality of life in Abilene.  I’m not typically a western fan but Hickok follows the blueprint well for an entertaining saga.  This film captures the authentic look and feel of the Old West.  You can almost feel the dust twisting in the wind, smell the gunpowder, even taste the cheap whiskey.  Hickok brings you back to the heyday of the Wild Wild West -- this movie is very much worth the trip!


 

TLA one word review: dusty

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