Casting Leonardo DiCaprio because the unheroic Ernest Burkhart as an alternative of the crusading Tom White, however preserving him because the movie’s lead, was an impressed inventive choice on Martin Scorsese’s half. It is also why “Killers of the Flower Moon” struggled to safe the funding it wanted to comprehend Scorsese’s expensive imaginative and prescient till Paramount and Apple teamed as much as make it. Judging by the trailer footage, although, that cash was well-utilized. The truth is, “Killers of the Flower Moon” seems to be the uncommon current $200 million manufacturing the place each greenback spent is definitely seen on display screen, which is greater than you’ll be able to say for sure different tentpoles.
Apparently, as a lot as “Killers of the Flower Moon” evokes “There Will Be Blood” and different visually-resplendent epics that expose the malice and homicide behind the well mannered veneer of U.S. historical past, it is not essentially a Western. Moderately, the early raves out of the Cannes Movie Pageant (together with Lex Briscuso’s overview for /Movie) describe the movie as being, maybe above all else, a narrative about marriage and the methods Ernest failed Molly regardless of his real love for her. That ought to solely additional assist make the movie’s examination of white folks’s complicity in the historic genocide in opposition to Indigenous People tougher for audiences to shake off — versus a movie the place Leonardo DiCaprio runs round avenging the deaths of Indigenous folks near him. Sure, that is my means of subtweeting “The Revenant.”
“Killers of the Flower Moon” opens in choose theaters on October 6, 2023, earlier than going into a large launch two weeks later. It’s going to stream on Apple TV+ in some unspecified time in the future after that.