Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

The oil-wealthy Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma become the victims of a string of brutal crimes and serial murders that come to be known as the Reign of Terror.

  • Released: 2022-10-14
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thrillers
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, John Lithgow, Lily Gladstone, Tantoo Cardinal, Scott Shepherd, Jillian Dion, Cara Jade Myers, Louis Cancelmi, JaNae Collins, William Belleau, Tatanka Means, Pat Healy, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Gary Basaraba, Michael Abbott Jr., Stephen Radley III, Joshua Close, Barry Corbin, Nathaniel Arcand, Jay Paulson, Steve Witting, Steve Eastin, Katherine Willis, James Healy Jr., Joey Oglesby, Samuel French, Cara Jade Myers, Wally Welch, Eric Parkinson, Gabe Casdorph, David Born, Jerry Wolf, Norma Jean, Ben Hall, Larry Jack Dotson, Ty Mitchell, Ted Welch, Elisha Pratt, Candice Costello, Gary Sievers, Carl Palmer, Ashley Nicole Hudson, Shonagh Smith, Mark Landon Smith, JaNae Collins, Brian Shoop, Steve Routman, Leland Prater, Nick Swezey, Michael E. Stogner, Michael Wittig, Bryce Barfield
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • sadmansakibayon - 12 June 2024
    "A Masterpiece Delivered by Martin Scorsese at 81"
    At 81 Scorsese is still able to deliver one of the best films of the year whenever he makes a movie. One of those rare talents that is unsurprisingly good whenever he puts something out. With Killers of the Flower Moon he is also not simply going over old or comfortable ground. Yes, it's yet another "gangster movie" but a very different one than any of his previous ones.

    In Killers of the Flower Moon, We have an exploration of the perversions of capitalism, masculinity and white supremacy that is as of the moment as anything in cinema. The story tells of the Osage Nation who finds oil in their territory, soon white men come to take advantage of this newfound wealth and take that advantage by marrying into Osage families, and in the case of this film, murdering any and everyone who stands between them and money..... I really wasn't aware that there is a tribal community name Osage tribe, and such a horrible and inhumanic tragic bloody tramautic unimaginable situation they have to face. Many people said that this film is based on a real life events based on a Osage tribal community who were severely brutally murdered, in a art of genocide mass killing murder. If i haven't watched this film i wouldn't have known it..... The film centres on the criminal white characters, led by Evergreen Leonardo DiCaprio and Maestro Robert De Niro, and some have criticised the film for not taking the Osage perspective as its main point of view. That would be a great movie, but it wouldn't be the film for Scorsese to make, this exploration of white male fragility is what he does best. However he does bring to light some spectacular performances by Native actors, particularly Lily Gladstone's long-suffering wife to DiCaprio, a shoe in for a supporting Oscar nomination. Most interesting in the film is the complex emotions of our thoroughly despicable killers. DiCaprio's Ernest, seems to sincerely love his wife, even while he damages her and everyone around her, greed knows no love or pity.....A MUST WATCH FILM....
  • Prismark10 - 13 May 2024
    Killers of the Flower Moon
    Martin Scorsese is technically the best director working today. His films are made with precision and skill. Unfortunately his recent films also come with bloat.

    The running length is an unfortunate impediment to the Killers of the Flower Moon. Primarily made for Apple TV, maybe Scorsese should had made a mini series rather than an overlong movie.

    Based on a factual book by David Grann. Scorsese who loves westerns has essentially made one set in the early 20th century. It is all about greed and the murder of the Osage people of Oklahoma.

    William Hale (Robert De Niro) is the local political boss who has hatched a scheme to steal the oil rich reservation land from the Osage tribe. He appears to be a trusted friend of the Osage nation.

    Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) was his dim nephew. Hale got him married to an Osage woman Mollie Burkhart (Lily Gladstone.) Primarily to inherit her oil rights after her death. Hale and Burkhart slowly poison her with insulin.

    Hale ordered the deaths of other members of Mollie's family so the oil rights go to her. Hale conspired to stop any investigation until Washington sends in one of their own investigators to examine the spate of deaths.

    This is a story that needed to be told. It could had been done with 60 minutes easily lopped off.

    There is no doubt to me that the film has problems. It is all De Niro and DiCaprio. The Osage people are cyphers. Mollie is an interesting character but is then sidelined as she wastes away.

    It needed a perspective of one Osage tribe member leading the fight against Hale. That they knew what he was up to. That was missing.
  • schmittfalte - 29 April 2024
    A movie full of sin and scum, lengthened to maximum.
    "Killers of the Flower Moon," directed by the esteemed Martin Scorsese and featuring a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, faced high expectations but, in my view, fell dramatically short. The movie, an adaptation of David Grann's non-fiction book of the same name, attempts to unravel the sinister murders of Osage tribe members in the 1920s, a story ripe with deceit and historical significance. Unfortunately, the execution was deeply flawed.

    From the outset, the film struggles with pacing, meandering through its lengthy runtime without sufficient narrative grip or emotional depth. The portrayal of characters felt surface-level, leaving much to be desired in terms of development and audience connection. Robert De Niro, usually a powerhouse, delivered a performance that was surprisingly off-key, feeling almost caricatured in the role of a sinister figure wrapped in the complexity of these historical events.

    A glimmer of redemption comes toward the film's close, as the character Ernest, played commendably by an ensemble actor, reveals his moral conflicts and takes steps toward redemption. This moment, however, is a rare highlight in an otherwise dreary cinematic landscape that the film paints.

    Stylistically, Scorsese's direction, which often masterfully balances aesthetic with storytelling, here seems to falter, indulging in visual or thematic excesses that do not serve the story well. This misstep is compounded by a script that feels both overloaded and undercooked, leading to a viewing experience that is both overlong and frustratingly hollow.

    In sum, "Killers of the Flower Moon" scores a mere 2 out of 10 on my scale. It is a film that, despite its promising premise and proven directorial leadership, fails to deliver, marred by pacing issues, lackluster performances, and an overall sense of disjointedness. Even the most ardent fans of historical thrillers and the involved actors might find this film a challenging watch, much less a satisfying one.