Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The three men start their adventure in the mountains where Dobbs and Curtin believed they found gold. Howard told them it is just fool’s gold. They continue their adventure up the mountain, and finally find what their looking for. As the gold is mined and measured Howard becomes unsatisfied with the small amount and becomes paranoid. The three men eventually turn against one another. Dobbs becomes suspicious of the other men suspecting that they want to take his share of gold and just leave. Another man named Cody just shows up and wants to be included in their plan, but is no sooner killed by bandits.
Later on Howard eventually has to leave the group, and leaves the other two to find their own way back alone. Dobbs lets his greediness get to him and ends up killing Curtin and leaving him there. Little did he know Curtin wasn’t dead, and gets away and meets back up with Howard. As Dobbs is making his way back to Durango, he meets up with bandits who kill him, and take his burros along with all of the gold. The bandits are then executed. When Curtin and Howard got note of Dobbs death, they set off to get their belongings, little did they know the bandits emptied all the sacks of gold thinking it was just sand. The men were left with nothing. Howard tells Curtin that he will get his money back from all the animal skins only if he agrees to go to Dallas to talk to the widow of Cody. He agrees and leaves.
I really enjoyed the movie. I really liked the story line as well. I like how Dobbs greed is ironic because at the beginning of the movie he says that if he had just enough money to get him by, he wouldn’t need anymore. This irony just proved that having a lot of money can change someone for the better or the worst. In this case it was for the worst. The only thing I didn’t like about the movie was that it was like 2 hours long. I was beginning to fall asleep and get agitated, but overall it was a good movie, I would so watch it again.
Overall i think that the movie is a great film it has on the other hand a lot of interesting parts I enjoyed this movie and would watch it again it has a very good plot and has a discourse community between the three men they trust each other one minute the next they hate and try to kill one another. The ending is a huge twist to have all that gold fly away from them that sandstorm just came around at the perfect time didn't it?
This movie, for me was kind of hard to get into. In some places it was funny while in others the predictability was hurting me inside. I suppose for being a movie from the 1940's, it was pretty good. The fight scenes were terrible though. I kind of predicted that the main character would become greedy and I was right. I was a little bit happy that he was killed. The old man's laugh was pretty funny, but at the end when the two men were laughing, that got annoying after about ten seconds. I think I would like this movie more if I was more comfortable and not so sick. I think this was a good movie but not one I really want to see again.
The film begins as Dobbs is roaming the streets begging for money. He unknowingly walks up to the same man for the third time that day, and asks him, “Can you help a fellow American?” The man tells Dobbs to get a job and gives him money one last time. Dobbs spends the last of his money on a lottery ticket then goes with his friend Curtin to a shelter. At the shelter they hear an old man named Howard talking about mining gold. At first they think nothing of it, but after working a job where they have to fight their boss just to be compensated, the two men return to Howard and they all decide to mine gold. At the point the decision is made, Dobbs gets word that he won the lottery and the men are all set for their adventure.
The three men go off in search of gold in the mountains. First, Dobbs and Curtin believe they found gold only to be told by Howard that it is fool’s gold. The men continue on up the mountain until, eventually, they find what they’re in search of. The men begin to mine and as they continue to get more gold, Dobbs decides he isn’t satisfied with such a small amount. He talks the other men into mining for longer. Dobbs’ greed is ironic because at the start of the film he states that if he had just enough money to get by he wouldn’t need anymore. This shows how much having money changes someone. As time continues, Dobbs begins to become suspicious of the other men, suspecting they want to take his share of the gold and flee. Another man, Cody, also shows up and wants in on their mining plan but is soon killed by bandits.
Eventually, Howard has to leave the group so just Dobbs and Curtin are left to make their way back alone. Dobbs becomes so suspicious and greedy that he ends up killing Curtin and leaving him thinking he is dead. Curtin gets away alive and goes back to where Howard is. Dobbs, however, begins to feel guilty for what he has done, or what he thinks he has done, rather. Later as Dobbs is making his way to Durango, the bandits meet up with him, kill him, and take his burros along with all of the gold. The bandits make their way into a town where they are then executed. Howard and Curtin get news of Dobbs’ murder and go into the town to find their belongings but no gold. The bandits emptied all of the sacks of gold thinking it was sand. The two men are left with nothing, but find joy in the fact that it could have been a whole lot worse: they could have had the same fate as Dobbs. Howard stays with the people he was taken in by and tells Curtin that he will give him his money from the animal skins they’d acquired if he agrees to go into Dallas and talk to the widow of Cody. Curtin agrees and sets off.
I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. After hearing it was a good movie from several people, I wasn’t expecting to be disappointed, but I didn’t have high hopes either. I liked the story line and how it showed that money (or gold in this case) changes people. I liked the irony in that Dobbs believed no amount of money would change him and he wouldn’t be greedy, but as soon as he got money all this was disproven. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the length of the film. After the first hour and a half I was beginning to get antsy. But, when you get past that, it is a really good film.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Here you'll find the link mentioned on your assignment sheet for Writing Project 2: Avast, Me Critics! Ye Kill the Fun: Critics and the Masses Disagree about Film Choices.
And below are links to the three 1986 film reviews the author mentions: Top Gun, Crocodile Dundee, and The Karate Kid Part II.
On a separate note, since I mentioned the alternate parody trailers for The Muppets, I thought I'd post them here for a fun game. Correctly name which films the four trailers are parodying in the comments for extra credit!
This first one's easy:
This one's a parody of sequel, so it's a little tougher. But even though I didn't like the original, I still recognized it:
This one's much more obscure, especially since it's a parody of an American remake of Swedish adaptation of a popular novel:
For the grand finale, this is the most difficult since only the beginning of the trailer is a parody, and unless you're very familiar with the parodied trailer, you'll need to recognize the music cues:
Now get to it! And no cheating!
Questions? Quibbles? Controversies?
I think this film is wonderful for a lot of different reasons, but for the main reasons, one, it was very suspenseful, and two, it was adventurous. John Huston kept me interested in this 1948 film with his ability to put deep meaning into every scene shot. With the greed building up between the three men and with the group of bandits, Huston gets his point across about being selfish and dirty. Towards the end when Fred C. Dobbs was going crazy, it really was making me angry to see him turn into the enemy because he had been the first to say that he would only take what he needed, and no more than that.