I watched this film on recommendation of a friend who called it a masterpiece. Now this friend is crazy about American landscapes and writers of the Jim Harrison type and hence I understand why he liked this film so much. The scenery is indeed gorgeous. As for me, if I also liked a lot the scenery I found the screenplay a little too simple for my taste. Recommended, though.
Compared with Rick Alverson's haunting and thorough "The Mountain", there is the self-indulgence and arrogance of whites in excessively arid "Hostiles". Dir. Cooper tries to depict the reconciliation between whites and native American, called "Indian". But don't you think it takes too much for granted that the white, who dominates "Indians" by brutal violence, says "let bygones be bygones" and it is accepted?
I loved the movie for the way it slowly developed its main character's arc amidst the amazing scenery. But like another reviewer said before me, the change in the protagonist's outlook on life felt at once undermotivated and a bit too obvious. Nonetheless I still enjoyed the ride.
Beautiful landscape. Rosamund Pike killed me. Her pain and his pain broke me. The scene where he is on his knees crying to the sky and the scene where she screams in pain you can't ignore. The scene of his last killing with the music it's an emotional earthquake. The end kinda ruined it a bit for me, felt it was cliché American, acculturation. "They are human beings, they were here first". Never forget.
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.