When I first saw this trailer, I knew that I wanted to see this movie as soon as I possibly could, and I saw it as soon as my schedule allowed. I was hoping for a well-written character story, and that is exactly what I got.
There are really two sides to this story: the bank-robbing brothers, and the Texas Ranger and his partner who are trying to catch them. Surprisingly, both of them could be considered the protagonists' story, and the film does a good job of making it that way. All of the primary characters are well-developed, and all are extremely well-acted. All of the actors seem like they really dove into their roles, having almost the quality of method actors to their performances. Sheridan's script obviously helped, as it portrayed both sides as human, with characteristics that are likable and dislikable. Sheridan also incorporated comedic relief into the film in a natural way, adding to the character development. The film is never slow, but the somewhat generic plot of the film is really the only thing holding it back, in my opinion.
The cinematography of the film is great. There are some beautiful landscape shots, but there are also some shots used for metaphorical purposes, and while I won't describe them, as it would be a spoiler, they were great.
So overall, I really liked "Hell or High Water". It's a well-acted character story that is only weakened by its relatively formulaic plot. Still, it is a well-made film worth checking out.
Hell or High Water
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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