Friday, September 23, 2016

Junior Bonner (1972)

An American western directed by Sam Peckinpah, starring Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino and Ben Johnson.
A rodeo rider returns to his hometown to find that things have changed. His family are all selling their land and no longer get along with each other. He rides in the rodeo with his father, with the main event of trying to ride a difficult bull.
This was not interesting to me. The plot seemed desultory and unimportant. It was also largely inconclusive. The characters seemed to all be the same: cowboys and their families. This may be because all of the stars began their careers in the 1930s. The video element to mention was during a few action scenes. Plowing the house, rodeo riding and the bar fight had a little bit of creative editing. The music was appropriate, although the "live" band's bassist had clearly never seen a bass played before. Overall, not so great. I rate it poor.

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