The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

A refreshingly traditional western. There’s a bit of narrative tweaking of the western formula in centring the film around a traditional sidekick character you’d find in a western instead of the more traditional hero, but everything else is played so straight that the film stands out in a time of neowesterns and revisionist westerns.

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Bill Pullman basically is the film, his kooky performance never sliding too far into being gimmicky or overplayed. The supporting characters around him don’t make too big of a splash, but Pullman and the lovely natural photography around him make for a nice time. Apparently the film was shot in twenty days, and it feels like a very competent, well-executed film for that. There’s no real ambition here but it’s interesting to see a more straightforward western than usually gets made nowadays. Three bullets, and a horse.

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