14: Far and Away

This week, the movie that’s often considered the first flop of Cruise’s career: Ron Howard’s Far and Away! Is the movie — or are the accents — as bad as we thought? How can a movie work at the highest and lowest levels, but kind of miss the middle? How do we make our peace with the big political choice that Howard makes?

Content warning: indigenous erasure, colonialism, physical violence, sex work, harm to animals

Unanswered Questions:

  • Was it the right decision to avoid the issue of native populations entirely?
  • Can we understand the Christie storyline as being that of an Englishman coming under the romantic spell of America?
  • Given the Irish immigrant story and the talk of destiny, why is there so little religion in this film?

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