Posted by Diana S. on August 29, 2000 at 15:21:10:
In Reply to: Re: Magua's Villainy posted by MMMMarcia on August 29, 2000 at 13:38:03:
: Jeri writes:
: : Well, I certainly wouldn't condone Magua's actions. Then again, I wouldn't have condoned the actions of the British and French. What seems barbaric to us would have been acceptable, maybe even normal, to other cultures. Magua's path may not have been the 'Huron' way, but more than likely it was understandable to other Native people. The great thing about this movie is that we can all watch it, but come away with different impressions, likes and dislikes, favourite and not-so-favourite characters. While I wouldn't describe Magua as anywhere close to a Hero, I still see him as a man driven to hate by outside circumstances. If he hadn't been taken as a slave by the Mohawk and his children killed, perhaps he would've been different. Still tough, mean as a rattler, just not as filled with hate. Then again, maybe I'm just a pushover for the strong silent type (although Magua could be very vocal when he wanted to be..LOL).
: : ..Jeri
: I reckon you might be right...or not...or maybe there's something to be said for both points of view...but one thing is probably UNQUESTIONABLE: Wes Studi is terrific, and bestows the character of Magua with such intensity and power that eight years after the fact, we are still debating his motives and intent! That's certainly a testament to Mr. Studi's strong skill as an actor, and his tremendous "stage" presence!
This all reminds me of another plus to LOTM-mania. The appreciation of the fine actor Wes Studi is. He can play villainous to a tee (LOTM, D w/W), he can play compassionate and wise (Broken Chain) AND he can do comedy (Mystery Men "We are #1, and everyone else is 2 or lower" - a fav quote, huh Marcia?) I ALWAYS enjoy Wes in anything!!!
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