Killers of the Flower Moon (14A) ***

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  • Snake Oil!

    What’s in a name? Plenty if your name is Martin Scorsese. Once again the famed
    director pulls off a stunning movie that’s historically grounded and perfectly presented.
    So let’s venture back to 1930s Oklahoma to see life on the range and how one family
    gets torn apart over of all things money. Imagine that! So if you can stand sitting through
    a 3 1/2 hour film then your mission should you choose to accept is to visit your local
    Cineplex Cinema or Landmark Theatre around B.C. to take in this bold new Paramount
    Picture.

    Looks like snake oil salesman Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver) is up to his old tricks.
    Playing the sly uncle to country rube Leonardo Di Caprio (Titanic) these actors star
    respectfully as Bill Hare and Ernest Burkhart. Slick as ever this Mr. Hare has managed
    to weave his way into the Osage community, a somewhat closed First Nations sect
    operating out of Oklahoma while his nephew Ernest comes looking for a wife despite his
    overt awkwardness. All this occurs in the 1920s while the west is still wild indeed yet
    coming of age under the Coolidge administration in Washington D.C.

    Leo the great is captivating as this country bumpkin who somehow gets smitten by local
    lovely Molly, played with poignancy by Seattle raised Lily Gladstone . Nothing special
    here. Oh, did I forget to mention that on Molly’s family land out on the range they struck
    oil. Let the gold rush begin.

    Sensing the possibilities of becoming even more rich Bill Hale manages to weave his
    way further and deeper into the local community until there is a power confrontation like
    no other. Somehow into this cesspool of a trap comes Ernest. So down the rabbit hole
    we go as the tribe is turned inside out as pressure turns to violence with scores of
    innocent people becoming victims to such insane greed.

    Beautifully filmed with excellent acting Killers of the Flower Moon is a wonderful expose
    of what happened to a First Nations faction whose only crime was to have the good
    fortune (?) to find oil on their land. Again Scorcese (The Departed) presents a wonderful
    saga full of warmth, compasssion and greed with a take no prisoners attitude led by the
    ultimate enforcer / manipulator extraordinaire Robert De Niro(Robert Waldman).

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