Sunday, June 03, 2007

High Noon

Just after a marshall marries a quaker (twenty years his junior) and trades his badge in for a honeymoon and a life in a general store, he receives word that a hardened criminal is on his way back to town -- probably to take over and get even with the marshall; in 80something minutes of real time, the marshall must deputize a posse to stand against the towns old blackguard, and the only thing he's successful at raising is awareness about how many grudges and how much self-interest define the fabric of this ungrateful crummy town. If I were a fan of Westerns, I'd've loved this one, even though I'm not, I could appreciate the ways it responded to the genre and the social milieu.