Sick of the betrayals the United States government has perpetrated on the Native Americans, Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) retires to a remote part of Montana with One Stab, a Native American friend and narrator of the film, where they build a ranch.
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This film is a sprawling, melodramatic mess - and it works. The performances are intense, but perfectly in context. The cinematography and the sheer size of the production is impressive - the design was also quite beautiful. The WWI scenes in particular were gigantic and complex. Overall, this romantic epic that sweeps across several decades is one effective tale.
Legends of the Fall is a weird and uncertain attempt at a decades-spanning epic; it wants to be a David Lean film but its story feels watered-down. The actors try real hard but the performances are absurd and incoherent in the face of so many year-spanning transitions and ludicrous life changing events, most especially Anthony Hopkins stroke afflicted dad or Brad Pitt's emo white savior/honorary native american.
Even Anthony Hopkins was terrible in this. Pointless story, uninteresting plot, uninteresting characters except for Julia Ormond's character, whose storyline gets highjacked at some point. A really dissatisfying film.