At a crossroads of quality. The dramatics of Bale's moral dilemma of battle-born hatred hits powerfully at first. But it also means its plain-and-typical arc of realization is not just too on-the-nose but droned-on and repeated. It does nothing unique or surprising with this we-are-all-the-same principle. Commendable old-fashioned western pace, though, even if it doesn’t have the literacy to make it feel needed.
I'm truly impressed of how Scott Cooper put his mark on this movie being on hostile ground. First of all he did a terrific job in writing the screenplay and then how clever he managed to bring around him all the right people to supporting him in making this story to work almost perfectly. It's not easy at all to make a modern western to have the chemistry of the old ones. 9.25/10
Breathtaking cinematography. Incredible performance by Christian Bale. If the film had continued like the first half of the film, it could have been one of my favourite films in the last decade. Unfortunately, the film drags on, gets caught up in liberal race politics, and ends rather flatly. If it had focused on brotherhood, war and mortality, it might have been very profound.
The train is about to leave. At this moment. At this moment I was wondering: is it a masterpiece or not. He steppted into it. Yeah. This movie is telling us about the inexcusable violence done by both sides. What I got is the wish for America (or american people) to apologize to the Native Americans for mistreating them. As they did. Stunning performance, a bit slow, sometimes too slow. But I love it. Masterpiece.
Cooper goes all in yet again, this time attempting to craft a film with Malick's visual poetry and Cimino's explosive tension and violence. He never quite hits the right notes and there's the lingering feeling that something's off about the film: the big emotions never quite hit, the violence never shocks or sobers, and the narrative ultimately falls flat. Still, it's a journey worth taking.