Wild Wild West
Release year: 1999
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Screenwriter: Jim Thomas, John Thomas, S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Jeffrey Price, Peter S. Seaman
Starring: Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Salma Hayek, Kenneth Branagh, M. Emmet Walsh, Ted Levine, Musetta vander
The president (Kline) teams the two different U.S. Marshalls courageous Jim West (Smith) and inventive Artemus Gordon (Kline) to stop the psychotic enemy Arliss Loveless (Branagh). They set out on a journey of guns, trains and flying machines with a little help from the stunning Rita (Hayek).
Based loosely on the 1960s TV series ‘The Wild Wild West’, this action packed sci-fi western embraces the series steampunk genre and happily mixes the old Western style with advanced technology. The pace is joyfully fast, the heart big and very present in the loose performances by a game Kline (A Fish Called Wanda, 1988) and Smith (Men in Black, 1997) but one of the greatest delights of the movie is the details found in the vernesque invention of Artemus Gordon. Branagh (Hamlet, 1996) is good and almost unrecognizable as the villain while one could have wished Hayek’s (Frida, 2002) charming Rita to play a bigger part. Great fun!
In the scene where Jim West and Artemus Gordon ride away on their horses, in the desert from the train the original musical score from the television series plays.
Picture copyrights: Warner home Video