I had originally seen All the Pretty Horses in a theatre when it played briefly in 2000, and then happened to come across it last week on Easter Sunday. I came away thinking that this was the perfect day to see this film, as it does have some aspects of a Biblical nature - journey towards destiny in the desert - betrayal - death - ressurection - redemption - even a J.C. character (Damon's John Cole).
Of course, it's not perfect. What film would be that has had nearly two hours cut from it? Supporting character development suffers, especially Penelope Cruz's Alejandra and Ruben Blades as her father Don Hector. But it at least survives with a storyline intact that makes sense for the most part (unkile the savagely cut two hour version of Once Upon a Time in America). I have read the book, and know a lot of it must have ended up on the cutting room floor. It would be wonderful, though it seems an impossibility at the moment, to get a chance to see a director's cut with the Daniel Lanois score reinserted.
It's a pity that the film didn't receive any studio support. It would have been interesting to see if Billy Bob would have gone on to film the rest of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, and what Damon might have done with an older John Cole character in Cities of the Plain.
Edited by Baal_T'shuvah, 15 April 2012 - 11:12 PM.