#220: High Noon (1952)

ORG XMIT: *S0424642755* **ADVANCE FOR TUESDAY, OCT. 28--FILE** Gary Cooper, shown in this undated file photo, is seen as the stern sheriff in "High Noon." The refrain has resounded through administrations from Lyndon Johnson through Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, and never more than at this moment: To candidates and many voters, Washington _ D.C., not Georgia _ is, simply, broken. Insiders are out, and outsiders are most definitely in. (AP Photo/file) NY393

When and how did I watch this?

September 29th, 2015, on Netflix.

Had I seen this film already?

Portions of it, unwittingly.  I happened on it at my parent’s house in Idaho a few years ago.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

The movie title and year kind of give it away that this is an old western.  I knew Grace Kelly would be in it and wondered how that would work.  That’s about it.

What do I know about it now?

Typical western film — crooks, old tough guys, cowards and heroes, ladies running scared, horseback riding and gunfighting.  I felt like this should have been more AWESOME being higher on the list than some really good films, but I was a bit disappointed.  I admit I did like the church scene in the film, whereas several townspeople had the floor and weighed in on what was to be done about the incoming crazy man Miller — it was the only thing I remembered from the first partial viewing.  They also used the clock as a scene and tension device often, which I found creative. Other than that, nothing about this movie is particularly memorable. Grace Kelly was not a convincing western chick, and the big gunfight at the end wasn’t really tense or interesting.

What are some themes in the film?

Allegiance, violence, bravery and cowardice

Did this affect me personally?

Not really.  Again, I thought it should, but it really fell short.

Why is this ranked #220?

People probably see the title and year and rank it high regardless of its quality.  “High Noon” sounds like it’s the original western film or something.

Did my wife watch/like it?

I think it was blah to her as well.

Would I watch it again?

Now that I’ve seen all of it, probably not.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Someone might find this more fascinating than I did.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

There might be some hidden significance I’m not aware of, but it seems like it’s no different than most western films. I’m not convinced it’s anything special. It’s certainly not a bad movie, but I’m not sure about it being a great one.

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