Saturday, March 28, 2015
The themes in Silverado are firmly western. Men being men on a frontier where the law is precarious and people have to fight for a life the way they want it. The man in the old west was a man of high principle and ethics, fighting for his own sense of justice. You can really see why this is the myth that drives the mentality in the western USA.
Then again, you can see why it is just a myth. If you think about it, everyone in this film is coming from the same perspective, both good and bad. They are all willing to fight, kill and die for their own idea of the way things should be. The bad guys want to be in power and the good guys want to have the power of self-determination without some bully taking it away from them. There are bad guys and god guys—there is right and wrong—but the frontier mentality is a little bit of a crazy thing to have nostalgia for.
Unless you truly could just find a patch and have no one to bother or harass you. But then you would really be on your own with no help or rescue if you needed it. It is a romantic dream, but a silly one. I am content to let it be a source of fun moving pictures.