The Sisters Brothers

Not your typical western adventure! - 7.5/10

by The Movie Inspector

A dark comedy, The Sisters Brothers is a unique and powerful film that highlights the nature of violence and greed while dealing with their repercussions. It presents its story in a raw manner and proves that it’s far deeper than what it appears to be on the surface.

Now even though this movie is fun and enjoyable, it may not suit all types of viewers due to the unusual method and tone it takes to create the mood and push the story forward. However it’s a really great character study that’ll constantly keep viewers laughing thanks to the amazing chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. ‘The Sisters Brothers’ follows Charlie and Eli Sisters, two notorious assassins who are tasked with chasing down a gold prospector all across 1850s Oregon. 

The movie kicks off slowly but gradually gets its pacing right, and allows one to dismiss its weak opening because soon after that you’ll be in for a splendid adventure with the two brothers. Through all the chaos, killing and brutality, the movie never loses sight of the importance of brotherhood. Great performances from both Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly, they truly elevated the movie. However, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed’s characters were quite underwhelming, lacked proper motivation and often exchanged some bizarre lines. 

Despite this the whole movie worked perfectly well together as it followed the brothers on their journey that proved to be far more than a hunt and killing spree. Director Jacques Audiard crafts a well layered narrative and sets the right tone for the western setting with ease. It is the introspection that each brother faces and the way in which the core themes of violence and greed are represented that make this film unique. By the climax,  it all comes full circle and gets a perfect mark for character development. Make sure to give this movie a shot because it definitely deserves it.



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