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The Final Goodbye

“Killers of the Flower Moon” Review

Martin Scorsese's “Killers of the Flower Moon” shows that at 80 years of age, the iconic director is still able to deliver a gripping and gut-wrenching tragedy of epic proportions. Based on the novel of the same name from author David Gramm, it tells the story of the 1920s Osage County murders and focuses on the evil plan constructed by political tycoon William Hale and his nephew Ernest Burkhart. A series of brutal murders eventually lead to the FBI being brought in to solve this monstrosity, and it makes for a grueling, heartbreaking story. It’s almost as if the trajectory of Martin Scorsese’s career was leading up to this film. “Killers of the Flower Moon” might just be the best film Scorsese has directed.

Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography recreates the time period of the film beautifully, as Osage County looks like a peaceful countryside where the Native Americans looked to live a simple life before the hunting began. The wide open space and green pastures are spectacular, and the use of brown, orange and yellow colors paint an era of humility before greed and corruption took over. ​​The musical score had a tremendous effect on the audience, and viewers could tell that danger was looming. This unique characteristic of the film allowed for an unsettling feeling in your stomach to rise, despite the beauty of its sound.

Leonardo DiCaprio gave one of his finest performances as a deeply conflicted minion to his uncle, who is torn between his fierce but misguided loyalty to his uncle and his love for his wife. Robert De Niro plays his sociopathic character, William Hale, with great finesse and charisma. De Niro has been a long time returning actor for Scorsese. It is bittersweet to see him returning in the final film. The acting in this film is nothing less than phenomenal, with every scene feeling grounded and real. Without this level of acting, the nearly three and a half hour run time would be boring. However, it never feels like that.

The violence in this film is impactful not due to its nature, but the weight of its consequences on the people it affects. When danger occurs, you're always left appalled at how sudden it is, yet this happens throughout the whole duration of the movie. This film pulls no punches and shows how nasty and gross real violence is. There are no funny one liners or built up moments. One moment a person is alive and the next they are dead.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” will stick with anyone as any final film should do, especially with such a great director.

<Star Rating>

Cinematography: ★★★★★

Acting: ★★★★★

Theme: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★★


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