Hell or High Water Review

Director: David Mackenzie

Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham 

The Overview 

A divorced dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. (Source: IMDb

The Good 

When this film was already mentioned in the same breath as Coen Brothers classic No Country for Old Men, and last years incredible Sicario, it was impossible not to have high expectations for this film, and indeed it even shares a writer with the latter, in the form of Taylor Sheridan. 

Hell or High Water may well be one of the most quietly brilliant films of 2016 so far, and it might be premature to say, but it could even be in for a shot come awards season.

It’s a joy to watch a film like this unfold, and those comparisons with No Country for Old Men and Sicario are not to be made lightly, but it’s definitely up there with them. 

Aesthetically it is very similar, and is gorgeous to look at. I loved David Mackenzie’s direction as well, and it perfectly suited the pacing of the movie. It’s purposeful and driven in its direction and executed with real class. 

This is a real slow-burner of a film, but it is never to its detriment. Every moment feels earned, and the time spent with the characters and particularly in establishing their relationships, means the payoff is absolutely worth it as it’s impossible not to feel incredibly invested in the characters portrayed. 

The performances have to be commended for this as well, and I particularly want to highlight Chris Pine. This is unquestionably the best film I’ve seen him in, and he proves he has some serious acting chops, and he really delivers this performance. Jeff Bridges is a joy to watch as always, and he brings great warmth and likeability to his character. 

The Bad 

Honestly, there was nothing I disliked about this film! It didn’t bother me, but the pacing and slow start might throw some people off, but I promise you it’s worth it! 

The Verdict 

I saw this movie and you should too. In case it wasn’t obvious already, this movie is truly excellent. There’s great performances, an engaging and interesting storyline, and it is incredibly well put together. What’s not to like really?! Definitely one to watch, and keep your eye on it come awards season as well! 

Agree with everything I’ve said, or am I a totally misguided idiot who has got it all wrong? Let me know in the comments below! 

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