Unforgiven

Unforgiven

If you ask people what the greatest Western ever made is, many would say The Searchers (great movie) or another film on this list. For me, it’s Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning, post-modern Western masterpiece that thoroughly deconstructs the myth of the Old West. Eastwood plays a former ruthless gunslinger who went straight when he married his late wife. Barely subsisting as a farmer, he takes up a call to collect a bounty on two outlaws who cut up a prostitute, slowly reclaiming a mantle he thought he’d left behind for good. Unforgiven probably has the most to do with the “Red Dead” series, as it has to do with what a man chooses to be for himself, the idea of violence begetting more violence, and the mythical type of man who ran roughshod over the Old West in both fiction and reality. It’s a stunning film, and one that everyone should see regardless of their feelings towards Westerns, “Red Dead,” or video games in general.

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