It’s rare for such a well received movie to slip through the cracks time and time again when trying to fill in the gaps of your movie watching resume. But with Hollywood releasing over 700 titles a year, not all movies are as accessible as others.
On that note, Netflix has come through with a great list of movies to kick off the 2019 year! One of which is Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan’s story of two brothers who must resort to robbing banks in order to keep their property. And while that is captivating enough to watch, the real brilliance of the film is realized by Jeff Bridge’s detective work and country charm as he tries to anticipate the brother’s next heist. Another positive takeaway is the excellent cast. Every actor is given the chance to show their chops and there isn’t a weak link in the chain.
The most impressive aspect of this film is how contained, yet layered it is. There aren’t a dozen characters to keep track of and the world isn’t ending, but for these characters, the stakes have never been higher. The movie does a great job of presenting a moral dilemma that dictates the rest of the movie. And although I know Chris Pine’s solution is wrong in the law’s eyes, he does it for the right reasons. Few movies try to rationalize the “bad guy’s” motivations, but Hell or High Water earns points here because it isn’t afraid to give us both (good and bad) perspectives throughout. Overall, this is an A+ big recommend from me. Until next time, Happy Watching!