A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. (IMDb)
Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Film Editing, and Original Screenplay
I had multiple people tell me how brilliant this movie is. But honestly, at the end of the day, I really think I just don’t like Westerns. Even modern ones. The acting was very good. I was really pleasantly surprised by Ben Foster and Chris Pine. I haven’t seen either of them do anything like that before. Jeff Bridges was reliably impressive. The director, David Mackenzie, did a really nice job of establishing the world. You definitely understood who these people are and where they lived. I think overall the reason this just didn’t do it for me was its slow pace and a payoff that doesn’t come until the final minutes.