On the topic of genre, I guess I’ve discovered western is not my favorite. However, there are some extremely easy to spot commonalities between western films that can probably be generalized to fit the general description of most western films. This was made even clearer to me by watching both Django and Sukiyaki Western Django, two western films that when compared prove that no matter how different they may appear, they are probably more similar than expected. Even in a Japanese western film versus an American western film- two things you probably wouldn’t think would have that much in common- most things were the same with the exception of some props and a few cultural symbols and decorations.
Mainly, the overall storyline of westerns seems to be the same: two sides fight to until one side wins and in between those two events, there’s a coffin and usually a few quick cut fight scenes with a female spectator who doesn’t really serve much purpose as an actual human being. The setting, no matter the country, is apparently also always an old abandoned, rundown town with lots of dust and one long deserted street down the middle. There’s also pretty much always a bar or another place that both sides can gather and duke out some battle for power. Something else I noticed about western films is the music…it’s always very similar. There’s typically a tune that is played multiple times throughout and comes in at times of the movie when there is a similar action going on.
Maybe it’s the all the dust or maybe it’s the repetitive storyline and characters, but the western films I’ve seen are all somewhat boring and pretty predictable. I’d definitely say the form of western movies is: ABABABABABABABAB all the way until 90 minutes later, there’s a C.