The Sisters Brothers (2018)

The Sisters Brothers is a fun Tarantino inspired western filled with great acting

The story is simple. We have to bounty hunters in the year 1851 hunting down a chemist trying to crack the code for mining gold. The brothers, with the appropriate last name Sisters are Eli and Charlie, played brilliantly by John C Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix. The concept is genius, and here Death lurks around any corner, time to do what Lucky Luke did and draw faster than your own shadow.

Joaquin Phoenix stars as “Charlie Sisters” in Jacques Audiard’s THE SISTERS BROTHERS, an Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Magali Bragard / Annapurna Pictures

The chemistry between the actors is the highlight of the film, and it is brilliantly shown between Reilly and Phoenix. Reilly especially impresses me. I have always pictured him as a silly bad actor doing bad movies with Will Ferrell, but he is easily the best character in the film.

John C Reilly is the star of The Sisters Brothers as the more careful loveable brother

The violence here is extreme. Which is why I am calling it Tarantino inspired, it is a beautiful form of violence. I call it comedic violence and is something films like this does better than anyone, yes there is a lot of blood, a lot of death. but the light mood of the characters makes it violence you just can smile of.

Among the supporting cast here we find Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed, and the movie just shines of good acting, quick one liners. A lot of it is due to the screenplay and the solid directing of Jacques Audiard, one of France’s very best directors.

Camouflage is needed to survive in the West

The music is by the giant Alexandre Desplat and is very good to listen to. Sounds like a mixture of the old Spaghetti western themes meeting classic Desplat.

The cinematography, by french master Benoit Debie is also worth mentioning, the movie is masterfully shot, gorgeus to look at. In a setting like The Wild West gorgeously shot movies just makes me enjoy the scenary.

The Sisters Brothers is a movie most people could enjoy. Great acting great music, a lot of comedy, and lots to take out of it. It premieres here in Norway on march 22nd, so go check it out.

Score: 8/10

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