A somewhat half-baked attempt to recapture that singular spaghetti western spirit. You know something's amiss when a film's opening credits are the most memorable thing about it. Hawke is horribly miscast, and while Travolta and Taissa Farmiga do good work, their characters feel cut from different time periods, let alone genres -- a tonal mess.
With such high hopes hearing West helmed a classic western - this was surprisingly uninspired and wholly tedious. Hawke and Travolta try their hardest to milk a gritty and uncompromising oater from the corny writing, while the rest of the cast is plain wrong - Farmiga was downright unwatchable, Ransone felt distractingly modern. Points for effort at times, but all around this is lazy and mishandled.
A lukewarm effort from West where nothing gels. The casting is pretty good but the acting is sketchy and none of the characters make any real sense when all is said and done. And I don´t get the tonality here either. The film veers jarringly between comedy, drama and gruesome vengeance in a unconvincing way. Tarantino usually makes these kind of shifts work but West does not.
West's last film was the disappointing, The Sacrament, due to its thin characterization, but it got by with a unique premise, Jones' acting, West's directorial skill, and some clever scenes. West's first non-horror flick is this generically plotted, predictable, and uninspired Western that's tepid in both storytelling and style. It's surely West's first bad film since breaking out with 2009's The House of the Devil.
Ethan Hawke's second role is western movie after The Magnificent Seven. Since the opening intro, this movie reminds me of some old western movies. Maybe this movie try to make a tribute. Hawke's character is a mix of Clint Eastwood's cowboy and John Wick. There's a "dog issue" and made this movie looks like a western version of John Wick. Well yeah, there's John Travolta too...
Ti West se vale de un conflicto que manifiesta poco incentivo. Por un lado tenemos a un "asesino" de aires beneplácitos, por otro a unos aspirantes a villanos. Esto implica que el mismo vehículo de la trama (la venganza) sea insustancial. West en tanto no abandona ciertos instrumentos o climas que parecen retratos de suspenso o terror. Es ahí donde debería de mantenerse.
Just as the pure formal exercise of "The Guest" signaled Adam Wingard's graduation from the "V/H/S" school of mumblecore horror, now Ti West - a filmmaker whose output never seemed to justify the amount of critical attention he received - comes into his own with this throwback Western. Ethan Hawke and John Travolta are a joy to watch in their respective roles, and the onscreen violence is appropriately gruesome.
suprisingly uninspired western homage from a very interesting director that usually masters that retro filmmaking vibe. maybe Ti West felt overwhelmed by the coolness of a western setting, it comes as a surprise how little ambitious this is. the script is weak and overall there is nothing that much great about it. nice soundtrack and photography