Producer: Robert Salerno, Billy Bob Thornton
Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Writer: Ted Tally
Based On: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Cast: Matt Damon, Jesse Plemons, Penélope Cruz, Henry Thomas, Lucas Black, Ruben Blades, Robert Patrick, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Míriam Colón, Bruce Dern, Sam Shepard
Based upon one of the most popular books by Cormac McCarthy ‘All the pretty horses’ tells the story of three young men (Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, and Lucas Black) in the 1940’s who after hearing all the tales of cowboying in Texas leave their home to cross the border and work on a ranch in Mexico.
The youngest of the three youths, played by Lucas Black, is only 13 years old and is separated from them soon after they enter Mexico. The two young men hire on with a wealthy rancher ( Ruben Blades), and Matt Damon proves his worth by breaking the wild horses he owns. He also romances the rancher’s daughter (Penélope Cruz) much to the ire of her father. He throws them in jail, where they meet up with their thirteen year old companion who has killed a man.
This is what I would call a ‘New Western’ it has the elements of what a classic western contains but with a more modern feel. There is a slight distopian feel to this movie a despair at a loss for the way of life that can’t be brought back.
I do like this movie even if it does evoke a schadenfreude feeling in me and I am giving it three stars out of five.
Shout out to W W Sorrells for suggesting this movie to me.