First of all I have to give it ten stars out of a possible ten.Uniquely written about a gunfighter having a difficult time picking afight. Actors well chosen, music nicely arranged, a film where we seepeople as people. Very entertaining. Intelligently done. I could nevertell what was about to happen next, so in vivid contrast to mostwesterns that I have seen it was in no way clich?d, at least not to me.You might want to watch the credits at the end or you will miss out onsome things. And the film has a worthwhile message. I do disagree withsome of the other reviewers. I would not say low budgeted as that has anegative connotation. Perhaps the film simply didn't require a highcost of production and had no gratuitous spending. Nothing cheap inwhat I saw. As for no foul language maybe those reviewers were munchingon chips each time that certain word (ahem, ending in ck) was used aswell as several other such expressions which to the merit of the filmcame out very naturally, or maybe they heard a different audio trackfrom what I heard.User: Tiw Lado
recently, I grabbed few low-budget westerns to watch on my DVD duringthe weekend. (I have reviewed one of them, 6 Guns, that was pretty bad,and I didn't even bother to review the second one, so awful it was) Soyou can guess that i didn't have high expectation for this one.Especially if you add the fact that movie is Canadian, and I didn'treally know Canadians do westerns too.
Now boy, was I wrong to look at the film with a wrong eye.
From the first shots till the end, the movie proved to be fun. Therewas this specific Canadian humor I guess, which I understood perfectly(Being non Canadian and even non American at all), because it wasdelivered very well by very talented actors.
Speaking about actors. I can say for sure that for a long time I neversaw such a good acting in low budget movies.
God... Russel Crowey gets millions of salary for ruining the epiclegends (yeah, I mean Robin Hood parody he did), while these guysdelivering much more fun gain ten times less.
Action scenes were shot well, camera work was good and lightning andthe editing caused no questions.
Of course you feel all the way through the film that this is lowbudget, but it adds to the charm.
9 out 10...
Promoted as a comedy, Gunless is your basic 'fish out of water tale'.This time out a hardboiled American gunman encounters a town full ofsweetly naive Canadians who, seem to have settled the west without evenraising their voices at each other let alone resorting to - gasp -violence.
What the film actually is is a pleasant but not really funny ordramatic exercise in safe script writing. Americans, as is usual inCanadian films, are portrayed as violent and stupid and authorityfigures as ridge and out of touch. That's about the extent of anysocial commentary.
Paul Gross, to his credit, tries his best to carry the film - andaccent - but everything here is surface. Dramatic scenes like when thelove interest talks about being abused or when the Kid recounts the menhe has killed come off flat and unconvincing.
Shot more like a t.v. movie then a feature Gunless is mostly limited toclose up and two shots. It fails to convey a sense of time or place andyou never feel this is a small isolated town on a vast frontier.
The final act, a stand off between the Montana Kid versus his oldnemesis, a scarred bounty hunter, never has a chance. Refusing tocommit to the humour of a Blazing Saddles or the grit of Unforgiven,Gunless keeps to the middle lane of the uncommitted.
Gunless then is a brisk, polite and forgettable time waster.
It felt just so good to be watching this pleasant non-political,no-gore, light-hearted comedy. I for one would definitely pay to watchmore of such movies. This really is the definition of good clean fun. Iloved the story-idea, the various little sub-plots (especially Jack,the Blacksmith one), and the acting of all the characters was prettycompetent. Sure, it had an amateurish feel to it from time to time, butthat didn't take away from the fun of watching the movie. My onlycomplaint are that the villain could have been a little more menacingand/or a little more funny - he ended up being neither. My only seriouscomplaint is the hairdo the protagonist sports - that was a disaster!User: torrentstorm
I had not seen Paul Gross since Passchendaele, and Sienna Guillorysince The Time Machine. This was a pleasure to see them work togetherin a movie made for the enjoyment of everyone.
There is little else I can add to the above reviews, all of them quiteaccurate, except, I would not call this movie a forgettable waste oftime. Comedy it is, yes, more tongue-in-cheek, but I know I wore asmile throughout the viewing because of the light-hearted-attempting-tobe-serious story. On more than one occasion I could not resist laughingat the irresistible parodies. Some clich?s were a bit silly, but notirritating.
Not so for The Montana Kid. A hardened gunfighter used to killing anddeath, is not easily swayed by pretty smiles and kind words, norclueless people (hence the word clueless in my title). What can ahardened killer want with a small town full of innocent, warm people,living what appears to be in a dream world, who had never seen agunfight, let alone a hardened killer (or was he)?
Lots of pleasant moments in this movie, one I'll want to watch again intime. But, that is not the best of it. The best part lies in thisquestion: Can a town free of guilt and murderous hatred help a seasonedgunman to change his ways and thinking, helping him to find forgivenessand peace, without being bossy, or preachy, or pushy in any way?Moreover, can a wanted man, with a bounty on his head, learn the spiritof self-sacrifice and redemption, to protect those he has come to loveand appreciate? That final scene, when both Montana and his lady loveJane were facing the bounty hunter was touching, showed the true natureof my previous statement, especially because of how they both playedthis out.
A really nice movie, friends! Worth every moment! Take your kids too!The fact that there isn't any real sex, violence is low-key, no foullanguage, does not make it a worthless movie. Nor is it a stupidcomedy.
I never thought I'd see a low budget flick this good! Give it a go,friends!
This is a lighthearted Canadian western (if there is such a thing). Idon't think this film has a lot of international appeal but for thoseof us who live in Canada, I believe that this film is one to try out!The comedy in this film is cute, and the action is not bad consideringhow many cast members are in this film. But this is what gives thisfilm its charm.
But what really pulls this film off is the scenery, I believe theyfilmed this out in Osoyoos BC (in the interior) and you really can'tcomplain about the beautiful night sky full of stars, and the ruggeddusty terrain of one of the most charming parts of BC.
Overall, this ain't no Unforgiven but it is a unique, Canadian made,film that is fun to watch.
Refreshing original look at a tongue in cheek Western...a tale of theMontana Kid up against Canadina sensibilities.
Has the look and feel of an old fashion western and is wonderfullyplayed by the leads.
Not meant to be a story of particular depth, if you look for what isn'tthere then you never got it to begin with. Having said that there arescenes which do have depth, and a great feel of honor and, at times,nobility.
I enjoyed this movie for a lot of reasons...not least of which are theperformances of Paul Gross and Sienna Guillory.
Excellent Canadian gem!
Well here is a first. I've never heard of a Canadian western. The ideamay sound promising or risky. What it turns out to be is delightful, abit amateurish, but fun.
The movie is played mostly for laughs. Paul Gross is terrific. To behonest, the guy feels like a cross between Bruce Campbell and MattDillon to be honest. Gunless is definitely not a traditional western,but like all the best ones it has a fiery showdown, throwing in somesatire for good measure.
Western and Comedy don't often come together. I think Blazzing Saddlesis the only one that ever tried, either that or the only one whichsucceeded, (well there is also Shanghai Noon). Gunless, though far fromthe humour of Mel Brooks, offers something fresh amongst all themediocre/gimmicky pre summer features currently running. If it hasmanaged to get theatrical release in your country (to all mynon-Canadian readers), go see it, if not rent it when in comes out in afew months.
My wife and I just caught this movie in the theatre and we both foundit an enjoyable light-hearted western/comedy. To those who have neverheard of a Canadian "western," you must be very young because therehave been a few, mostly Hollywood, and involving Mounties, but alsosome home-grown ones, though these never made it to the big screen.
But I digress. This movie is one of good clean fun which the wholefamily can enjoy. Perhaps this is one of the real complaints for thosewho compare it to a CBS movie - no gratuitous sex, violence or foullanguage. If you are going looking for these elements you'll be sorelydisappointed. It does make a political statement regarding somedifferences between Canadians and Americans, and against handguns(though thankfully doesn't group shotguns and rifles into the samecategory). However, overall, the production values are quite high,especially for a low-budget movie - something I think many people tendto forget - and certainly compared to a CBS movie-of-the-week special.You can't even pay the salary of a lead Hollywood actor for $10million.
Generally this movie should appeal to those who go in with realisticexpectations, and of course fans of Paul Gross. Oh, and watch thecredits for a time before you leave the theatre.