Friday, 09 April 2004
About 50 years ago, the Disney company set American children on fire with TV episodes, later movies, about Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, as embodied by Fess Parker. “The Alamo,” also from Disney, isn’t likely to generate the same reaction, even though the best thing about the movie is Billy Bob Thornton as a much more realistically portrayed David Crockett. (He considers “Davy Crockett” to be a glorious image he can’t really live up to.)
The movie was originally scheduled to be directed by Ron Howard, but for various reasons—usually cited as budget and disagreement over approach—he abandoned the movie and it was directed instead by John Lee Hancock, whose “The Rookie” (2002) featured a great performance by Dennis Quaid. Quaid’s in “The Alamo,” too, as Sam Houston, but his performance is far from great.
The same is true of ...