well, after finding it on DVD at a bargain price, last night i sat down and watched The Hunter again, although it's so long since i last watched it that it was like watching it for the first time. except of course, for those who have seen it, the (ahem) 'demise of the Trans Am' scene, still as funny and impressive now as ever!
Steve McQueen plays Ralph 'Papa' Thorson, a bounty hunter reluctant to accept the modern world, even less reluctant to accept authority or conformity. his escapades are predictable but nonetheless enjoyable, and it's a rather good 90 minute slice of action-comedy entertainment.
this was of course McQueen's last role. it certainly doesn't stand as his greatest performance. that which has been said of Burton in 1984, Sellers in Being There or Ledger (sorry, Terry Gilliam) in The Dark Knight has never been spoken in regards of this, but that doesn't mean it's not enjoyable. it is a glimpse of "what might have been", as he seems more relaxed and comfortable here as the lead than in a number of his films.
for some inexplicable but happy reason, this film seems to be sat in the "bargain bin" section of most online DVD stores. if they wish to sell it at a giveaway price, that's up to them really, but the least you can do is accept their offer and pick up the film. enjoy!
the class action figure of McQueen from the film, alas, isn't quite as cheap these days, and is something of a collector's item with a collector's price attached. ho hum, if only one could afford it!
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