Killers of the Flower Moon is based on the book of the same name.
Martin Scorsese, a master storyteller renowned for his cinematic time machines, has once again transported us back into the past with “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Clocking in at an ambitious 3 hours and 26 minutes, this epic adaptation of David Grann’s book is a testament to Scorsese’s filmmaking prowess. This film will be in theaters starting October 20th and will be on Apple TV+ at a later date.
From the very first frame, it’s evident that no detail has been spared in recreating the early 20th-century Oklahoma setting. The meticulous attention to sets, costumes, and cinematography paints a vivid portrait of a bygone era. Scorsese’s commitment to historical accuracy shines through in every aspect of the production. However, it’s the cast that truly elevates this film. Leonardo DiCaprio, a cinematic heavyweight, once again delivers a stellar performance. His chemistry with Robert De Niro is undeniable, and their pairing is a winning combination. They bring depth and authenticity to their characters, immersing the audience in the dark, complex narrative. DiCaprio looks younger as he is first introduced as someone who just returned from serving in the war.
Yet, the standout star of the film is Lily Gladstone.
Her performance as Mollie Kyle is nothing short of mesmerizing. She adds an authentic and emotional layer to the story, capturing the audience’s attention with her compelling portrayal. Without Gladstone, the film’s authenticity would have been incomplete. Additionally, the inclusion of Native American actors is praiseworthy, contributing to a more accurate representation of the Osage Nation’s history. Their involvement ensures that the film is culturally sensitive and respectful.
Jesse Plemons, an FBI agent, and Brendan Fraser, De Niro’s attorney, provide engaging supporting performances. However, Fraser’s role feels underutilized, leaving the audience wishing for a more significant presence or an earlier introduction. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is a slow-burning epic, and it may test the patience of some viewers with its 3-hour-plus runtime. While the story is crucial and historically significant, not everyone may appreciate such an extended narrative. The film’s lengthy duration is further compounded by an Asteroid City-esque ending, leaving some viewers bewildered.
I give “Killers of the Flower Moon” 4.5 out of 5 stars. It is an epic Western crime saga that delves into the dark history of the Osage Nation. With masterful storytelling, impeccable production values, and exceptional performances, this film is a testament to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking prowess.