OK, I want to write something, but I’ll have to be brief, since I want to go to bed early this evening. I have now seen the second half of The Searchers, and read a synopsis of the first half. However, I realise that this is not the best way to experience a film, so I’ll be sure to watch it in full before I attempt to give a detailed view of it.
The film struck me as being very much of its time – that is, 1950s America. Given the race issues at the time, the film would probably have been groundbreaking in its treatment of those issues. However, by modern standards it still seemed somewhat racist, which I can only suppose is a characteristic of many old Westerns. What interested me, though, is the way that The Searchers was a revisionist Western of sorts; a twist on the Western form. It just struck me as interesting that, even back in the ’50s, people were playing with the formula, perhaps attempting to create something truer to life than the traditional Western fantasy as portrayed in dime novels and Wild West shows.
I’m feeling absolutely rotten at the moment; headachey, sore throat, the works. Man-flu? Maybe, but it is blooming horrible, hence the early night. I am, however, disproportionately excited that a new Gunnerkrigg Court chapter has begun – the first one since I started following the series. I would like to commemorate the moment here.
Should I be embarrassed about liking a webcomic like GC? Nah, because it’s excellent. Seriously, I’m hooked.
Anyway, going to bed now. Good night all.
Current listening: Neil Young, “Ordinary People”.