An oddball but entertaining Western starring Ethan Hawke
An oddball but entertaining Western starring Ethan Hawke.
Director Ti West throws in many staple elements of the genre, including Hawke’s tight-lipped drifter hero seeking to atone for his violent past, a dust-blown Texas town hostile to outsiders and sundry gunfights.
But there’s a streak of darkly funny absurdity running through the film as well, not least in the climactic showdown, which finds John Travolta’s wooden-leg-toting marshal caught awkwardly in the middle when the bullets start to fly.
Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillan also pop up as a pair of quarrelsome sisters, but it is Hawke’s cute canine companion (played by Jumpy) who steals the movie.
The movie premieres on Sunday 19 November.