Dances with Wolves, 1990 – A Mini-Review Part I.
To be honest it’s about a white guy. The movie centers around the main character, to the point of us missing out on getting to know more of the other characters in the movie. Not only is the Kevin Costner character important in the film, but he rescues the Lakota! He saves them. This is not only unlikely but awkward!
There is a self-centeredness in this movie. On the one hand, his writing in a diary is interesting, but it tends to draw the viewer further into the importance of one character. Hearing more of what the Native Americans think would have made the film better. The story could be told from the Native American viewpoint.
I also have an issue with the violence. It probably is realistic, but it seems to be more about selling tickets than depicting reality. It seems that Hollywood is interjecting values, such as, there must be a conflict in order to tell a good story. Do we really need that much conflict? However, in the final battle with the Pawnee, there are some good things said about this type of warfare. This kind of fighting is said to be about protecting families, and provisions for the winter, instead of having a political agenda. I get that.
One final aspect I don’t like about the film is when it begins, and ends. The film should begin once the main character is on the prairie, or at least en-route there. The beginning of the film with the Civil War scenes, his being decorated (again as a hero!), the commander committing suicide, are all unnecessary, and do not add to the film. A good place to start the film would be once he arrives at the fort that has been abandoned.
For me, the film should end when Ten Bears (the chief) is holding a Spanish helmet, talking about defending the land, and they will continue to do so. After that point, there is a lot of violence that does not add to the film, or the story. It goes downhill from there. The ending is somewhat embarrassing, with the main character being a wonderful hero in an unrealistic way. If you ever read the book, the ending is much better, and a whole lot more believable.
I’ll write more next time on what I do like about the film! I have included a short trailer in order to provide some beautiful images that the film has. You will notice right away though the emphasis, or what I call the over emphasis, on the main character.
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