Clint Eastwood's second Weird-Western (after the superior High Plains Drifter ), is a dark, mystical re-imagining of Shane (1953), and a pacey, stylish, compelling film, with good performances, and a strange, dream-like mood. Eastwood shines as "Preacher", who may or may not be a ghost or an angel, with a masterfully understated performance. And the visually majestic finale is unforgettable. The film's only faults are the annoying, underwritten female characters, and a one-note plot.
Text © Ahmed Khalifa. 2016.