Wagon Master (Ford, 1950)

Wagon Master (John Ford, 1950)

A rather simplistic western, but a fun and beautiful one, nonetheless. My favorite westerns always involve traveling – seclusion, vast landscapes, the sounds of nature. Something about the escape of hustle and bustle and seeing a wide variety of surroundings is ethereal. With Wagon Master, the cast of characters is a bit larger than I usually like. A group of less than 10 creates a more peaceful atmosphere, but since this film is so fun at times (dance parties, pow-wows with the Indians, etc), the large group doesn’t detract. Overall, this movie lacks depth and real conflict (the ending is laughably unsuspenseful), but I still enjoyed it, and the cinematography captures the scenery both uniquely and complimentary.  7.75/10

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