I've always liked westerns. When I was a kid wet Saturday afternoons meant being able to watch John Wayne, Randolph Scott, James Stewart and a host of others win against the odds and beat the bad guy. Of course one of the premier movies of this genre is "The Magnificent Seven".
So on Saturday I had a choice between going to see the new "reboot" (why is it a reboot and not a remake?) of that classic whilst the ladies of the house went to see "Bridget Jones in her most recent predicament" or to stay at home. I chose the latter and rented "Bone Tomahawk" instead.
The film starts very well. The setting and the scenario is excellent. The lack of a music score just adding to the building tension and the interaction of the four characters. I thought all four of the main leads were good but Richard Jenkins was superb in his role as Chicory the deputy sheriff. the story is simple but none the worse for that. The action when it comes is brutal and shocking in short bursts.
There are a few questions about the movie that didn't work as well.
How did the stranger elude the Indians for so long before arriving at Bright Hope?
How come Arthur spends the entire movie almost crippled and yet skips down the mountain at the end?
Why haven't the cave dwellers travelled further abroad before the movie given that Bright Hope is five days ride away?
I liked the movie and would recommend it - but not if you don't have a strong stomach.