To me one of the bottom of the barrel movies is '4 of the Apocalypse', but somebody already threatened to shoot me for this opinion (thank Jehovah he was man of God!) and I noticed on an other forum that Bad lieutenant is a supporter of the movie too, so I have to pick another one.
Considered by many critics and members of the Academy to be a masterpiece, Eastwood's 'Unforgiven' is probably the so-called great western that dissapointed me most.
I didn't think High Plains Drifter, Josey Wales or Pale Rider were marvellous, but their assets outweighed their shortcomings. All in all they were decent films, not perfect, but well-crafted and enjoyable.
In Unforgiven Clint seems to be worried about his own screen persona, about his own 'violent history' in the history of the western movie and tries to make a strong anti-violence statement. This is an interesting idea. I don't like violence either, at least not in real life, and can understand that somebody who's name is identified with some of the most violent characters in the history of filmmaking, is a little worried.
But watching Unforgiven I couldn't help thinking about that old dictum:
If you want to send a message, use Western Union.
The message is written on the wall: VIOLENCE IS WRONG,! IT KILLS YOUR SOUL! IT'S A HELLOVA THING KILLIN' A MAN!
And than there's that young man who joins Clint and Morgan and - shaking all over - kills a man and subsequently starts moaning that the man is dead, dead, dead, and that it's horrible, horrible, horrible ...
Sorry, to me that was way over the top.