Released: 10th February 2021 (UK)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel & Tom Astor
Director & Writer: Paul Greengrass
Duration: 1hr 59mins
Genres: Western, Film based on a book & Drama.
Synopsis: A Civil War veteran who travels from town to town reading the news undertakes a perilous journey across Texas to deliver an orphaned girl to a new home.
The film’s based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles. I researched into the book before watching to film to find out a little more as I appreciate a good film adaptation especially when it’s done well. A lot of my favourite childhood films are based on book adaptations and I’ll make another post about that soon, until then, let me get back to this film.
The film started slow and continued that way throughout. Sitting there for nearly 2 hours was somewhat painful, it felt like the film took too long to get to the end and for whatever reason, the director chose to drag it out. I expected more from this film after watched the trailer and ended up zoning out halfway through. I even took a phone call while watching it. Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns with my Granddad. They always seem to keep me engaged with the excitement I saw unfold and maybe my viewpoint is deeply clouded by those memories, but this was nothing close to that.
I struggled to fall in love with the characters as the storyline didn’t link them together well enough for me to understand why some of those people belonged in the film. We should have worked better on giving a clearer understanding of key people instead of swapping to the next scene.
The cinematography ended up being my favourite part of the film. The scenery was eye-catching, and everything seemed to be historically correct. The landscapes acted like another member of the cast, especially adding layers to the tension when the Captain was in the middle of a showdown with 3 characters, he met along the way who want to buy Johanna from him. The open roads allowed for wide shots that gave you oranges, browns and greens as if someone had painted a beautiful picture.
My Star rating: 1/5.
My rating may seem harsh to some people, but I would advise you to watch it first to make your own decision. If you’ve watched it already and disagree with me, then let me know.
All images taken from Google Images.