Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone in “Killers of the Flower Moon." Photo courtesy of Apple TV

Lily Gladstone takes the Spotlight in Martin Scorcese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

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“Killers of the Flower Moon” is a cinematic masterpiece that combines exceptional performances with a compelling narrative. Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro deliver strong acting, but it’s Lily Gladstone’s portrayal of Mollie Kyle that truly steals the show.

Her mesmerizing performance blends calmness and chaos, capturing the complexity of her character, making her portrayal unforgettable. Her ability to convey profound sadness and the eerie effects of drugging onscreen are nothing short of phenomenal. 

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Lily Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” tracks the suspicious murders of members of the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight after oil was discovered underneath their land. “Killers of the Flower Moon” also stars Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons, and is directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese, based on David Grann’s bestselling book.

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The film’s deliberate and measured pacing showcases its commitment to storytelling over sensationalism. It avoids relying on over-the-top theatrics, instead presenting the story in a genuine and impactful manner. The narrative maintains intrigue, keeping me engaged through out as I await the revelation of who spills the beans and how, and it’s amusing to witness the characters grappling with their secrets. 

Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio premiering in “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Photo courtesy of Apple TV

A significant strength of the film lies in its portrayal of the Osage people. It highlights their beauty and authenticity, offering a rich exploration of their culture and history that adds depth to the story. The Osage characters are brought to life with depth and respect. 

Cinematography plays a pivotal role, elevating the film to a visual spectacle. Watching it on an IMAX screen enhances the experience. I was completely immersed in the breathtaking landscapes and meticulously crafted scenes. 

Directed by the renowned Martin Scorsese, the film bears his unmistakable style, though it might not be considered his absolute best work. Nevertheless, it carries the genuine cinematic quality that Scorsese is known for. 

A surprising standout is Brendan Fraser in a brief appearance as W. S. Hamilton, Hale’s attorney, contributing to the authenticity of the world depicted. The entire cast does justice to their roles, making the film’s world all the more immersive. 

While the movie’s soundtrack is subtle and may not have a significant impact, it serves its purpose in setting the tone and mood, allowing the storytelling to take center stage. 

The costume and set design, along with makeup and hairstyling, are outstanding, transporting the audience to the early 20th century setting and the lives of the characters. 

Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio in “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Photo courtesy of Apple TV

The movie may not leave a lasting impact, but it is a necessary watch, particularly for those interested in exploring themes of greed, deception, and power. It introduces a different style of storytelling that is worth experiencing.  

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is a well-crafted film that offers an engaging narrative, exceptional performances, and an authentic portrayal of the Osage people, all while carrying the distinctive touch of Martin Scorsese. It may not be his magnum opus, but it’s a worthwhile cinematic experience. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Jainam Turakhia

Jainam Turakhia has been a fan of DC for as long as he can remember, but what really tickles his inner creativity is Zack Snyder's vision for the DC Universe. From there Turakhia has traveled to a lot of destinations exploring works of other artists who make movies or write books/comics. Zack Snyder however, is always his hometown. He loves watching, and analyzing, anything and everything. Still a student from India studying Chartered Accountancy, Turakhia's passion for stories doesn't seem to end.

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