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Will the Western genre ever make a true comeback?
Westerns were a very popular film genre years ago. Classics, such as "The Man with No Name Trilogy," "The Searchers," and "Once Upon a Time in the West," have proved that Westerns are enjoyable and interesting to watch. However, as years have gone by, the Western genre has decreased in popularity as other movie genres like action, and comedy have increased in appeal. Movies like, "Slow West" (2015, John Maclean) and "Django Unchained" (2012, Tarantino) have proved that westerns can still be fun to watch when you are the movie theater or at home.
Many movies today are now considered Neo-Westerns. Neo-Westerns are defined as a film reflecting the Western style, but being set in contemporary America. "No Country for Old Men" is a clear example. With these Neo-westerns, and other genres taking over, will the original western genre ever make a comeback?