With an A-list cast, an impeccable, well-wrought screenplay and some of the year’s best marketing, you’d think The Sisters Brothers would be A-Rate Hollywood fare.
And yet, the sensibilities of French director Jacques Audiard, who makes his first big English debut here, are not lost in the fray.
This comedy-western has all the flash and panache of the big-budget westerns of old, and all the quiet moments and character development that makes foreign films often superior.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as assassins for hire, the two polar opposite brothers head from Oregon in the 1850’s to San Francisco to catch a thief.
As their journey takes them on a series of difficult pitstops, they continue to forge forward to find a gold prospector for their employer.
But things prove difficult as allegiances shift and brotherly love just doesn’t stand for everything anymore.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed co-star with perfect supporting performances, and if Phoenix doesn’t get an Oscar nomination after this incredible year, I don’t know who else could deserve it more.
It’s a spectacular film, filled with grandiose landscapes and a pitch-perfect tone. It’s that great, rare Hollywood film that can appeal to the masses while also being a great springboard for those involved.