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Killers of the Flower Moon (2023)

Directed by:
Martin Scorsese


Killers of the Flower Moon

206 minutes

Produced by:
Dan Friedkin
Bradley Thomas
Martin Scorsese
Daniel Lupi

Written by:
Eric Roth
Martin Scorsese

Cast includes:

Ernest Burkhart Leonardo DiCaprio
William King Hale Robert De Niro
Mollie Kyle Lily Gladstone
Thomas Bruce White Sr. Jesse Plemons
Lizzie Q Tantoo Cardinal -
Peter Leaward John Lithgow -
W. S. Hamilton Brendan Fraser -
Anna Brown Cara Jade Myers -
Reta JaNae Collins -
Minnie Jillian Dion -
Bill Smith Jason Isbell -
Henry Roan William Belleau -
Kelsie Morrison Louis Cancelmi -
Byron Burkhart Scott Shepherd
Paul Red Eagle Everett Waller -
Blackie Thompson Tommy Schultz
Henry Grammer Sturgill Simpson -
William J. Burns Gary Basaraba -
Alvin Reynolds Charlie Musselwhite -

John Burger

Pat Healy
Undertaker Turton Barry Corbin -



Martin Scorsese follows up his sloppy The Irishman with another excursion in indulgence and overnarration. For three and a half hours, he tells the story of the Osage Indian murders in Osage County, Oklahoma at the beginning of the 20th century, but this is not a cinematic work; it's a visual retelling of literature. The narrative is so unfocused, longwinded, and loquacious that watching the movie is like listening to a busker going at it repetitiously for hours on end. And the story, although fascinating enough in a historical context, has an unappealing revisionist whiff about it and is often reduced to a simple us-and-them dichotomy. Scorsese keeps pounding his narrative drum like that aforementioned busker, but The Killers of the Flower Moon never becomes the grandiose, epic drama it purports to be, and it desperately lacks subtlety. The performances could have been good in a tighter and more focused movie, with De Niro being onto something unique as the ageing, self-righteous patriarch William Hale.

Copyright 14.11.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang