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“Tall Tale” Will Take You Back To The Wild West!

TallTale_1.jpgTall Tale is an action-packed film released in 1995 full of famous characters from the “wild west.” Patrick Nguyen, 14-year-old KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, aptly sums up his feelings when he tell us “Tall Tale is a well-rounded movie with lovely landscapes, great action sequences and a memorable theme.” Here is his full review of this classic film.

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Tall Tale

Reviewed by Patrick Nguyen

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This movie kept me on the edge of my seat with the fight scenes and I found it enjoyable to see the culture of the Wild West.

Tall Tale is an adventurous movie that takes audience members back to the 1900s where farming and family values were the essence of life. Daniel Hackett (Nick Stahl) hates the farm and wishes to move away. Daniel’s dad (Stephen Lang) is disappointed because he has put his sweat and blood into this farm so that Daniel would benefit and Daniel wants no part of it. An evil land baron wants to steal the farm and destroy their community and injures Daniel’s dad. Daniel tries to flee the scene but falls asleep and wakes up in the “wild west.” In the company of such “tall tale” legends as Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), Paul Bunyan (Oliver Platt,) and John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown,) Daniel realizes how to battle the villains he is facing in his real world.

Tall Tale is a well-rounded movie with lovely landscapes, great action sequences and a memorable theme. I adored the scenery in Tall Tale because I am a boy scout and really enjoy nature. From the mountains to the desert, the locations are all amazing. The western fight scenes with guns and fist fights are gripping and comedic at the same time because they yell funny quotes such as “Big as a redwood” or “Well, paint my toenails.” I think those help make the audience appreciate the language and culture of the West. When Daniel realizes his mistakes and stands up to the bad guys, he teaches an important theme: “No matter how small you are, you can stand up against the biggest challenges.” The one thing I didn’t enjoy was the drinking scene in the bar. Even though Daniel was not drinking alcohol, it gives the wrong message.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Pecos Bill and Daniel because it is so touching to see their relationship build. My favorite character, Peco Bill, is strong minded and physically. Patrick Swayze portrays his character so well that I did not recognize him as the slick dancer in “Dirty Dancing.” Paul Bunyan is also so funny from having a blue ox to going crazy during action scenes. Both of these characters help Daniel on his task to overcome evil.

My favorite scene is at the end of the movie when Daniel tries pushes the train back but gets trapped under the train. Pecos Bill, John Henry and Paul Bunyan come to rescue Daniel and successfully push the train back with the help if the village people. This moment is significant because the people stand up against the railroad company, thus keeping the land of Paradise Valley from its clutches.

I recommend Tall Tale for ages 10 and up. It is a bit scary with chainsaws, fighting and drinking scenes for kids younger than 10. I give Tall Tale 5 out of 5 stars.

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