Grade: A+… Martin Scorsese is not usually known to make a short movie. Scorsese famously tackles big, long, and heavy movies dealing with important topics. Scorsese’s latest movie, Killers of the Flower Moon is no exception. Over the course of three hours and twenty six minutes, you will be educated about the murders of the Osage people in Oklahoma in the 1920s and the birth of the FBI.
Since Killers of the Flower Moon is a true story, the crazy motives of the murders make it even more intriguing. There have been some truly evil people that have walked on this planet. Rubbing someone out for financial gain is about as evil as one can get.
With the help of a solid cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, and Jesse Plemmons, the viewer is given a front row ticket to the madness happening around the Osage Nation land during that time. All give an exceptional performance and all should be in the Oscar discussion for their respective roles when the time comes. Lily Gladstone alone, is worth the price of admission with her performance of Mollie Burkhart.
Going into the movie, I had very little knowledge about the Osage people and the murders that took place among them in the 1920s. I never read the book, but I did hear about the story a few years ago from a friend. Leaving the movie, I was blown away and disturbed. I knew the existence of evil in the world, but I have never seen it presented to me in a way that Scorsese pulls it off with Killers of the Flower Moon.
Everything about this movie simply screams Oscar bait and there is no doubt it will be trading paint with Oppenheimer when awards’ season finally rolls around.
It is hard to talk in depth about this movie without giving up any details, but I will say that the long run time did not feel as long because I was so invested in the story of the Osage people. I saw Killers of the Flower Moon on an IMAX screen and I enjoyed the incredible cinematography throughout the movie. You will experience beautiful vistas of Oklahoma alongside some vividly gruesome scenes. Although tough to watch at times, it really made for an immersive experience.
Definitely check this out in the theater while you still can. It was easily one of the best movies of the year.