One of the most unfairly maligned American films of the 21st century, and among the small handful of genuine anomalies within Disney’s 2010s lineup that mostly consisted of assembly line filmmaking. Lovingly crafted with so much passion from everyone involved, wholly succeeding both as a throwback to classical westerns and also being a condemnation of capitalism/a deconstruction of Old West myths. Masterfully directed, thoughtfully written, and terrifically performed, with Armie Hammer in particular delivering what remains by and far the best performance of his career.
I know I have many unpopular opinions, so call me a vulgar auteurist if you must, but whereas I can sort of understand why something like Ang Lee’s HULK wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I cannot fathom watching this (especially the third act) and not being filled with joy, let alone hating it.
Absolutely wonderful. Gore Verbsinski forever.