The Gunfighter

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The Gunfighter

Just another period western meta comedy short film.

20140 h 09 min

In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty.

Director Eric Kissack
Runtime 0 h 09 min
Release Date 21 March 2014
Movie Media Other
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Excellent

Normally short films are not my thing, but a friend recommended this one and I will watch darn near anything with Nick Offerman in it. Being only 9 minutes long (counting end credits), the whole short is one big joke. It starts out stereotypical, with a mysterious stranger walking into a saloon in the wild west. Then the voice of the Narrator (Offerman) kicks in to set the scene. The thing is, the characters can hear the omnipotent Narrator.

The scenery and set-up here are perfect. Anyone who has seen a western knows what the stereotypical old west looked like. The saloon full of ruffians and vagabonds who are all as ready to shoot you as look at you. But that is where the similarities with classic westerns ends. As the ominous Narrator starts to spill secrets out into the open, everyone’s trigger fingers get itchy. While the Narrator is pretty clearly manipulating everyone, people are still angry (at him as well as each other) as their dirty laundry is all unfolded.

The Narrator’s dialogue is set up like an audiobook. If a character says something, the Narrator might tack on “he lied, as he hand wavered towards his gun” and tip off the rest of the cast. The Gunfighter provides a unique mix between classic western, modern comedy, and breaking the 4th wall. The actors all played their parts extremely well, even the unseen Offerman with his unique voice. Despite the whole scene being one big joke with a few smaller ones sprinkled in, it never gets stale and viewers will be laughing from beginning to end.

October 27, 2019