March 14th, 2004

It Stinks

Hidalgo

laurie_robey and I saw Hidalgo today. Capsule review: Draggy in the middle but good overall. A nice adventure flick, particularly if you like the Quiet Cowboy archetype.

I must admit that I was convinced that Omar Sharif was actually Tony Shalhoub, and really those two don't look much alike. For that matter, I thought the guy playing Buffalo Bill was Donald Sutherland. Turns out it was J.K. Simmons (a.k.a., J. Jonah Jameson in the current Spider Man flicks). So this was just my movie for getting actors confused with other actors!

Hidalgo claims to be based on the life story of Frank T. Hopkins, but a little research digs up that his life's story may just as easily be as much hot air. Which, to me, suits the character of the Quiet Cowboy too. ;) Decide for yourself! FrankHopkins.com vs. a debunk site. Have fun!

Stay tuned next week for "Roy O'Bannon vs. the Aztec Mummy!"

-The Gneech
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