KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON – “A colossally grim and sobering achievement by Scorsese and Co”

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DIRECTOR

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

MAIN CAST

• Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart
• Robert De Niro as William King Hale
• Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart
• Jesse Plemons as Tom White
• Tantoo Cardinal as Lizzie Q
• John Lithgow as Prosecutor Leaward
• Brendan Fraser as W. S. Hamilton
• Cara Jade Myers as Anna Brown
• JaNae Collins as Reta
• Jillian Dion as Minnie
• Jason Isbell as Bill Smith
• William Belleau as Henry Roan
• Louis Cancelmi as Kelsie Morrison
• Scott Shepherd as Bryan Burkhart

SYNOPSIS

It is based on the 2017 book of the same name by David Grann.

At the turn of the 20th century, oil brought a fortune to the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted, and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder.

REVIEW SUMMARY

At three and half hours, Killers of the Flower Moon is a colossally grim and sobering achievement by Scorsese and Co. Yep, it’s another expertly crafted piece of cinema by one of the last remaining true masters of the craft itself. The film is brimming with “cinematic epicness” throughout, from the vast cast of A-grade actors (more on them in a bit) to the exhaustively detailed production design. Everyone in front and behind the camera hits their mark - and then some. Plus, the often jaw dropping cinematography makes it so the movie deserves to be seen on the big screen (the bigger the better). And yes, while it is a (very) long film, just remember that Scorsese knows exactly how to pace these types of epics. Just when you feel a “drag” coming on, a riveting set piece brings you right back in. The themes at play are also timely and gut wrenching. The story told may be set in the past but serves as a modern lesson to be learned. The historical truths are gut punching and the performances only enhance the emotional effectiveness. For one, it’s a delight to see Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro play off each other on screen for the first time ever. Both are at the top of their game, with DiCaprio especially shining in a role full of confliction and turmoil. As great as theses gents (and others) are, it's actually Lily Gladstone who functions as the movie’s MVP. Gladstone’s turn is equal parts tender and stoic, sure to bring audiences to their knees on more than one occasion. In five words: The Oscar goes to… And, should this in fact be Scorsese’s final film, it marks a fitting and poetic send-off – one that definitely warrants your eyeballs!

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