As a precursor to our film project, 12 Western Feature-Length Films in 12 Months, which Running Wild Films and 5J Media will start producing in 2016, director Travis Mills shares his thoughts on films from the genre as he studies Westerns in preparation for our own. Follow the project here on Facebook

This series of short blogs is titled “Western Impressions”.

Wyatt Earp (1995)



It gets better as it goes along. The first half feels so clumsy. I wish Costner had directed it; he has a real feel for Westerns as proven by Open Range and parts of Dances with Wolves. Kasdan has no sense. The movie tries to do too much, has no focus. There are some good scenes in it. And it is at times a darker look at Wyatt.

Lasting impression: The scenes with Costner and Quaid. Particularly the one where Quaid tells him “It’s just what we do.”