There are plenty of gripping moments, as well as a few silly ones - bees get involved at one point, presumably to please Wicker Man fans. And the ride as a whole is at the very least exciting to take part in.
If you really want a true film about the ways of the early west this film "Into the West" is for you.
It is long but worth every minute of it.
I have watched this 2 times and have enjoyed it both times.