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OPEN RANGE is no "Lonesome Dove;" nor is it even close to a "Tombstone"
Reviewed in Canada on February 16, 2021
The movie "OPEN RANGE" started alright; however, as soon as the attraction/interactions between Costner and the female lead Benning started happening, the movie commenced on a downward spiral. If there were no romanticism between Costner and Benning, I think the story could have had some gravitas. Other comments: (1) The character "Button;" at the outset, seems he's a kid whose been given a break in that he secured a job with Duvall and Costner; then, later, "Button" after cheating at cards and viewed with some detest by Duvall (he cleans his feet by picking at them / too which Duvall expresses disgust and tells him if he's to clean his feet in future, he's to be "downwind;" then, he's pushed off his horse by Costner because . . . . he stinks. ONLY LATER to become the much cared about and . . . . long lost "son" to both Costner and Duvall / Going so far as being a big part of the reason Duvall is going to settle down - after having "Free Grazed" and travelled the country for 10+ years and "potentially" wander-no-more" and become a saloon owner. And Costner and Benning, wow / complete strangers to - within minutes - strong man/woman feelings and relationships, yet - a very rushed and unbelievable romance.