Bad Acting, Bad Script, Bad Movie
Loves Books, loves Movies | Canada | 07/16/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm afraid I can't find anything that's right with this movie.
What's wrong? Way too much. Acting that's so bad a grade five class can do better. People supposedly sick and in pain and yet their faces look like they are having a pleasant conversation at a tea party (get a look at the woman supposedly on her death bed and then the kid opens the tent door). A script that does not hang together. Gee whiz! Where did that baby come from? The mom was skinny as can be only a minute before! White hats and clothing that stay white and looks straight from the ironing board fresh even though the owners are roughing it traveling by wagon across country. Makeup supposed to look like the child is sick but it's obvious it is makeup painted under their eye. And they aren't even consistent about how these "black eyes" are painted on. They vary from cut to cut. The kids are all terribly ill but then the next morning - a miracle! All the kids have recovered totally from their trial and look as fit and healthy as can be. Dialogue that sounds like it was written by a person whose mind was on another task.
I could go on and on but this movie insults my intelligence. It's a shame because it could have been much better."
Good, Solid Family Viewing
J. Davis | Manchester | 06/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film is much better than I expected it to be. The story line offers something a little different from the usual fare of "going west" films. It has its share of drama and jeopardy, but it's a safe family story, the cinematography is good, and the theme music is well above average. (Pat Boone sings the opening and closing song.) Well worth watching."