>There are some Spoilers below! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 😉
So after two nights I finally finished Dances with Wolves. I’m not sure if I got the extended version by mistake, but it was 236 minutes long!! I thought the first 45 minutes of the movie were completely superfulous, and in fact I barely paid attention. Good thing my parents watch these movies with me or else I would be totally lost!
All in all, I liked the movie. I thought the character development was well done; I especially loved Smiles A Lot, one of the young Sioux boys.
However, I am a huge animal lover. I fell in love with Cisco, his horse and Two Socks, the wolf. And when they were killed by those soldiers it made me want to stop watching the movie. I hate animal cruelty, even in the movies.
I also wonder how accurate the portrayal of the Lakota people was. I read on IMDB that the language was a little off, mostly because the warriors speak as if they were women.
Anyway, those are just my random thoughts. I can’t decide whether or not I think it should have won the Best Picture Award. The jury is still out.