Both phenomenal and absolutely devastating, Martin Scorsese’s (he/him) Killers Of The Flower Moon can only be describe as a stellar film. Of his other works, no other has the amount of bite as this one. Adapted from the book of a similar name, “Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI”, this film is nothing less of an improvement upon the other films by Scorsese, showing his prowess in filmmaking in every moment.
Despite the whopping 3 hours and 26 minute runtime, this film at no point had me feeling bored or tired, keeping a consistent pace through it’s mixture of stomach churning violence and quieter moments leaving you similarly disgusted. This film is a strongly handed portrayal of the horrible murders and injustice brought upon the Osage people in the 1920s, portraying the violence that was brought upon them by the wicked in a way that shows the brutality unapologetically while not perverting it.
While the film follows Leonardo DiCaprio’s (he/him) Ernest Burkhart, one of the evil men who had heavily helped in these murders, rather than a member of the Osage people, there isn’t at all a sympathetic lens he’s viewed through. Through this, we actually see how untrue and sickening his claims of ‘love’ for Mollie Burkhart, played fantastically by Lily Gladstone (she/they), were as he continued to help in causing tragedy to her family.
Speaking of Gladstone, their performance is both strong and heartbreaking as throughout we see them face so much grief that I couldn’t help but empathize with them. She’s certainly steals the show whenever onscreen and it’s a film that wouldn’t be the same without them.
Despite the devastating violence and injustice throughout, this film isn’t without its beauty. There are many frames throughout that could be gorgeous landscape paintings, portraying many aspects of the land in a way that it turns the land into its own character. Some of the most notable shots do come right out of the trailer, however with the size of this film it still carries some surprises in what’s shown. It’s the way much of the film is shot, edited, and paced that turns that hefty watch time into a film I personally disappeared into when I saw it.
If this review already wasn’t enough, I’ll directly tell you that this is a film to be seen in theaters and one that deserves all the support it can get. It’s a complete 5/5 stars from me.
One of my earlies memories was watching stories unfold on a small TV in my room. Ever since then, I've always wanted to become a filmmaker to put stories of my own onto all manner of screens. Being a fan of writing alongside this has also led to my love of writing analysis/reviews on the things I view. It's a joy to share to others my thoughts and insights on media.