Oct 23

Film review – Dances with Wolves (1990)

Film review – Dances with Wolves (1990)

Dances with Wolves

Rating: 9/10

Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tantoo Cardinal, Jimmy Herman, Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, Michael Spears, Jason R. Lone Hill, Charles Rocket, Robert Pastorelli, Larry Joshua, Tony Pierce, Kirk Baltz, Tom Everett, Maury Chaykin, Wes Studi, Wayne Grace

Directed by: Kevin Costner

Review: Film review – Dances with Wolves (1990) – Kevin Costner spent five years trying to make this film and it was well worth the effort. Re-inventing the tired Western genre it showed a new, modern way to interpret this part of history.

Playing Union Army Lieutenant John Dunbar who accidentally wins a battle and becomes a hero Costner is offered his choice of next posting and asks to be posted to the western frontier so that he can see it before it is gone. Once he gets there he is assigned a position at Fort Sedgwick, which turns out to be deserted. In the meantime the two people who know he is there are killed and so no one knows. He decides to stay at the fort and begins to organise. Slowly over time he encounters the local native Americans and gradually befriends them until he becomes part of the tribe.

This film is entirely sympathetic to the native American cause showing the positive aspects of this people even to the detriment of the white man. This is no bad thing as so many films were created with the other view. It shows how much the world has changed and that is no bad thing.

This is an epic western slowly building to its final conclusion. With both humour and drama Costner tells the story well. Great film, must see.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dances_with_Wolves

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099348/

Amazon: Buy it