I went into this film without the slightest idea of what it may be about. I’m always intrigued by a project that has Jeff Bridges attached, and while Ben Foster is often a hit or miss kinda guy, I wanted to see what he would do with this role.
If I had any advice for you it would be to not read up on what this film is about at all. Go in cold the way I did. Maybe do that and come back and read this piece.
Anyway, I’m not going to spoil too much, but here’s the basic plot of the film, as per IMDB:
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.
Seems pretty simple right? Well yeah, it kind of is, and that’s what makes this so enjoyable. We’ve got two sides of the situation playing out in what is essentially a classic procedural. And it makes for one epic heist film that the Academy and critics just can’t get enough of (It’s nominated for 4 Oscars, with a 88 Meta score on IMDB/Metacritic).
But if I’m 100% honest, I really don’t see what all the hype is about. Jeff Bridges offers an awesome performance, and Ben Foster simply is that character; while Chris Pine does a good job too. But I really just don’t see what all the amazing hype is about.
One part of the film that really stands out is out well it’s written; a tight script and character development and motivations that make sense, on both sides of the morality line. This film was written by Taylor Sheridan, who write Sicario, so there’s no surprise here as to why the script is so awesome.
But Hell or High Water (for me at least) is not a masterpiece. It’s simply a good movie with a decent plot, captivating action sequences, and some great acting. But that’s it. If you can explain the hype to me, please do.
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