Website Picks Wrong Wyoming Movie (OPINION)
Travel site thrillist.com posted what they called “The Best Movie That Takes Place in Every State.” Thrillist claims to have picked, “Films that represent a state’s place in the nation’s collective consciousness.”
How they heck they thought “Brokeback Mountain” best represented Wyoming is beyond reason.
Apparently the author of the post did not take the few minuets necessary to research great movies about Wyoming or even contact a single person in the state to ask what movie might represent out states "collective consciousness."
So, I asked. Here are the answers from people who actually live in the state.
Shane might just be the number one movie that might represent Wyoming and it's "collective consciousness." A story of homesteaders after the Civil War and a strong man of good values who holds the line against both rustlers and cattle barons. The closing scene of the movie explains everything a person needs to know about Wyoming values and our "collective consciousness."
Dances With Wolves, which won seven Academy Awards in 1990, scored 82percent.
Tom Horn, the movie is rich with history and is filled with real history and real good guys and bad guys.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would be on the top of the list if we wanted a movie about Wyoming bad guys.
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind where everyone, including the aliens from outer space, are coming to Wyoming.
The Jim Belushi movie Continental Divide is just silly but it's better than Broke Back Mountain.
Jeremiah Johnson another Robert Redford movie is also based on a true story about a mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.
The Man From Laramie Jimmy Stewart plays a stranger, Will Lockhart, defies the local cattle baron and his sadistic son by working for one of his oldest rivals.
The Cheyenne Social Club. Also staring Jimmy Stewart, a simple cowboy down in Texas finds out his brother has died and left him a successful business. When it turns out to be a brothel it is all laughs as he tries to do the right thing, no matter what.
These are just a few of great movies that actually portray the "collective consciousness." If something more modern is needed that I'd suggest turning on the TV and watching a few episodes of Longmire. It takes place in the present day.
Either way, to the folks at Thrillist.com, next time you make a list make a few phone calls first. Also, please come visit Wyoming. We have find folk out there who are proud of their state and would love to show you around.