Monday, July 20, 2009

Cat Ballou (1965)

A woman seeking revenge for her murdered father hires a famous gunman, but he's very different from what she expects. [imdb]

Nominated for 5 Oscars:

Best Actor: Lee Marvin (WINNER)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Music, Scoring, Adaptation or Treatment
Best Original Song
Best Editing

Young Jane Fonda was so hot! This is some kind of a breakthrough performance for her and you know what? she really delivers. There’s not just the hotness going on, but she also proves great dramatic and comedy timing. Of course, this being a western comedy, the role doesn’t demand that much. But anyhow, the acting is good all the way.

The film is light, entertaining and quite funny at times. Lee Marvin won his Oscar for a double performance, but mostly for playing a washed up cowboy, a drunken loser hired by Cat Ballou to defend her father. Lee Marvin’s win is debatable and complicated to take sides. On one hand, the role is almost supporting and the film isn’t really about him. On the other hand, his comedic performance is creative and fabulous at times. Even so, the Academy rarely (almost never) gives a Best Actor Oscar to a comedy role.

My rating for the film: 7.5/10. It’s fun to watch, relaxing and the screenplay does have some smart moments.

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