Killers of the Flower Moon: Movie Review

Killers of the Flower Moon Movie Review: Who Are The Real Savages?

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"Killers of the Flower Moon," with its epic three-and-a-half-hour runtime, masterfully blends multiple genres to deliver a fully immersive narrative. Martin Scorsese seamlessly takes us on a journey from romance to gangster drama to procedural thriller. This film leaves almost no stone unturned and leaves a profound emotional and mental impact. "Killers of a Flower Moon" is a heavy, harrowing, and disturbing portrayal of a dark chapter in history, with little redemption for its victims. The fact that it's based on true events only adds to its emotional resonance and "Killers of the Flower Moon" is the kind of film that lingers and stings long after you've watched it.

The story is set at the turn of the 20th century when oil brought immense wealth to the Osage Nation, making its members some of the richest people in the world overnight. However, this newfound wealth attracted opportunistic outsiders who sought to exploit the Osage people, leading to a series of gruesome murders. The narrative revolves around the unlikely marriage of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), and a union manipulated by Ernest's scheming uncle, William Hale (Robert De Niro).

"Killers of the Flower Moon" isn't a perfect film as it is an experience that demands your full attention and probably won't cater to everyone's taste. This three-and-a-half-hour epic is a slow burn but it is an unrelenting, menacing, and profoundly impactful journey. To truly appreciate it, watching it in a cinema is highly-recommended and we can easily see how the film's impact is diminished on a smaller screen. The true brilliance of the film lies in its ensemble cast. Each actor delivers a memorable and stellar performance, making it impossible to single out a standout performance. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone all bring their best, elevating the film's disturbing and harrowing nature to new heights.

Narratively, "Killers of the Flower Moon" is vast in its scope, clearly reflected in its running time. Scorsese skillfully navigates through multiple genres providing a satisfying experience for one and a seamless integration of each element. However, the film's complexity might overwhelm some viewers, as it introduces numerous characters and layers of storytelling that confused us from time to time. From a non-American perspective, the film offers a stark reminder of the intricacies of human nature and the dangers of taking relationships at face value. It portrays the depths of human depravity, where self-interest often takes precedence over compassion for others. In our contemporary world filled with deception, corruption, and greed, "Killers of the Flower Moon" serves as a stark warning of real-life, even a century after the events it depicts. In summary, "Killers of the Flower Moon" is an unforgettable experience that delivers a gut punch in more ways you could have never imagined.

Rating: 4 and a half reels

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