Meek’s Cutoff

Title: Meek’s Cutoff
Year: 2011
Length: 104 minutes
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writer: Jonathan Raymond
Starring: Michelle Williams
With: Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson, Rod Rondeaux
Music: Jeff Grace
Cinematography: Chris Blauvelt
Editing: Kelly Reichardt
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Synopsis: a wagon train is lost in the Oregon desert

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great)
Story:3/4 (Good)
Characters:4/4 (Great)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:3/4 (Good) Very slow, but in a good way.
Cinematography:3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design:2/4 (Indifferent) Very good visually. The sound recording is terrible.
Acting:3/4 (Good) The performances are great, but the way the movie is directed, everything is kept at a distance. It’s a great approach as far as telling the story goes, but doesn’t really let the acting into the foreground enough to be memorable.
Music:3/4 (Good) I like that they completely avoided any of the typical types of Western scores. The music is sparse and alien, well suited to the movie.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). An excellent movie, but its small budget shows through enough to take you out of it from time to time.
Objective Rating (Average):3.1/4 (Very good)


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