Movie Review: Cowboy Spirit
Sunday, 13 January 2013 19:30

Cowboy Spirit: The MovieCowboy Spirit tells the story of a guy who lives the city life that has strong country roots and a "cowboy code" he lives by.  These virtues are passed down by his Grandfather, and he has a steadfast barometer of right and wrong.

Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Daylon Swearingen Starring as the Grandson Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Daylon Swearingen Starring as the Grandson

As we meet the lead character and the story develops, the relationships are very real in the manner that the country vs. city backgrounds clash.

Knowing the plot before it starts, it seems a little far-fetched; the guy has to ride a bull for a near-improbable pay-off to save a girl's life.  But as the components of the plot are introduced, it becomes very believable.

There's a bit of a love-triangle story twist as well, that seemed a little contrived in the onset, but added subtext to add this movie to the genre of modern-day western.  It also made it easy to have angst for the antagonistic characters.  

Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Bull Riding to Save a Girl's Life Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Bull Riding to Save a Girl's Life

There are a couple of cameo appearances that really add sizzle, and depth. 

Overall, it is a good movie.  

What made it special for me was knowing a lot of the extras and the writer, and seeing the writer playing a role as well.  Knowing that this project has been a long-time dream of his, and the context is something dear to him, I was happy to see it unfold.

Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Two Ladies with Differing Opinions... Always fun for a Bull Rider Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Two Ladies with Differing Opinions... Always fun for a Bull Rider

This is definitely an independent film.  Some of the shots become a little distracting (i.e. the subject is almost always centred), some of the lighting is inconsistent across some scenes (i.e. indoor scenes with some odd shadowing), the soundtrack gets a little "out there" as the movie jumps from past to present and back again, but the storyline is strong enough to keep the view riveted through some of the anomalies.

Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Riding to save this girl's daughter's life Cowboy Spirit: The Movie - Riding to save this girl's daughter's life

The story was ambitious, but it became sequentially believable.  It's Independent Cinema, but there is some great work along the way.  

I think "Modern Day Western" fits, and the message is delivered well.  I enjoyed watching it end-to-end without pause, and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys movies with cowboys, horses, bulls, strong values, and heart-wrenching drama.

4-Stars!

View/Make Comments on this Review

 


 

Cowboy Spirit: The Movie"Ted has it all, a great job, a beautiful fiance, and a wonderful life ahead of him, but a twist of fate leads him to rely on the lessons he learned in the summers of his youth with his grandfather - a former champion rodeo cowboy. To save a dying young girl, he must make the ride of a lifetime."

Filmed on location at All-American and Rawhide Rodeo Company events in the United States, including some great picturesque backdrops, this film features a number of our rodeo family throughout.

Check out the trailer... but you're probably going to want to rent or buy it to watch it in its entirety... over and over again!

Starring: Jenna Laurenzo, Rich Manley and Ayla Brown, Cowboy Spirit is the story of One Man, One Child, and Once Chance.



More Cowboy Spirit:

Official Website
Buy the DVD on Amazon