As Far As It Went
This film benefited from the wonderful presence of Will Rogers, Jr and natural western beauty location; cinematography was competent; the character playing "Rusty" could have been Rogers' grandson & full of character. Yet, because of short runtime (78 minutes) there was little opportunity for the great American, Rogers, to develop his character -- the time was just sufficient to run through the plot: insufficient to its full potential. Some of the character choices were excellent, a few others medium. Another 45 minutes, or even 30, could have produced a superiour, rather than merely acceptable, Western; it was a disservice to Will Rogers, Jr and to us who could have had had the benefit of his genuine American wisdom & wit, of which there is pitiful little today. The fault must partly lie with Mr Rogers: his quietly powerful influence could have secured proper financing and meaningful scripting, instead of the superficiality of packing so much plot into so little time and expecting a leisurely development of frontier family life to boot; obviously there were too many people at the banquet and too little food. See it, though; but pack all you can into your experience quick!
- Oct 7, 1999
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