(October 11, 2020) Original
(November 1, 2020) New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)
December 25, 2020
From IMDb: “A widowed Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.”
Poster Rating: D+
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Review: There’s not much to this design, just a simple central figure and his charge posed to look into the distance, but not really speaking to the film’s inspiration or needs as a result.
Trailer Rating: C+ / C+
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Review: (#1) This Paul Greengrass western trailer bears all the markings of a traditional western, but without a unifying vision. Is it an anti-western or a traditional western. It’s Greengrass, so it’s probably gritty, but it also doesn’t seem to have what it takes to reach the crossover audience that could make it a hit, even with Tom Hanks in the starring role.
(#2) It looks like your standard issue western with an actor who might have been at home in the genre thanks to his similarity to everyman James Stewart. Yet, the film doesn’t quit have that spark to make it seem like a crucial or important film.
Paul Greengrass is one of those directors you should consider before making you predictions, but never expect him to pull of a huge Oscar nomination run.