The Sisters Brothers (2018)
Critic Consensus: The Sisters Brothers rides familiar genre trails in occasionally unexpected ways - a satisfying journey further elevated by its well-matched leading men.
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Neither a nostalgic throwback to traditional westerns nor a revisionist antiwestern, this advances a positive view of camaraderie between individualist western types while subtly critiquing the unfettered capitalist system in which they operate.
Erudite, visceral and chuckle-worthy, this western is based on Patrick deWitt's novel and starts out as the story of two gun-toting, chalk-and-cheese brothers, only to become more mysterious.
It's a measure of the four exceptional central performances (from Reilly, Phoenix, Gyllenhaal and Ahmed) that the film remains so engaging in spite of its narrative digressions and moments of very bleak violence.
Reilly carries the film, with a performance that's elegantly caught between Eli's loyalty and his desire to be free of his crazy kinsman.
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Certainly the better of the two Westerns I've seen today, but I'm also not really feeling the love with Sisters Brothers like everybody else seems to be.
The early Westerns seemed to love to act the imagined nobility of King Arthur's court. Everyone had a higher purpose or calling ('cept the bad guys), "making the world safe for decent people." Not so as we creep into the light of modern day when the adventurers are portrayed in film more or less as opportunists looking to get over, and why not? And so we meet the Sister Brothers, assassins who love their jobs and really only hate the boredom of the interludes in between killing and taking what they want. Are they monsters for this? This work doesn't think so and looks for the humanity in our protagonists. When they aren't killing somebody. Good stuff.
The film takes a while to find a focus and tell us what it wants to do with its seemingly flat characters, but then becomes a more interesting story about civilization versus barbarity in a world filled with dirt, diseases and death, even though the ending is somehow underwhelming.
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