I'm glad to say that Westerns are making a comeback. From Django Unchained to Logan, it's been a great few years for a genre considered dead not so long ago.
Which is why Christian Bale's new project, Hostiles — directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass) — looks fantastic. The premise of the movie is shrouded in mystery, but its Western aesthetic is riveting and early screenings suggest that critics are profoundly in love with it.
Check out the trailer for Hostiles below:
Christian Bale Is The New Clint Eastwood
In Hostiles, Bale plays an Army officer in 1892 America, transporting a Cheyenne war chief back to his tribal lands. He is met with a variety of obstacles. Other big names in the film's stellar cast are Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi and Ben Foster.
As previously mentioned, critics are going wild for Hostiles. The film recently screened at the Telluride Film Festival and it was perhaps the best-reviewed film of the event. Here's the proof:
The Hollywood Reporter:
"Contemplative and absorbing rather than rip-roaring and exciting, the film will likely play better to Western connoisseurs than to general and younger audiences, but it's an estimable piece of work grounded by a fine-grain sensibility and an expertly judged lead performance."
"Scott Cooper’s 'Hostiles' might well become this generation’s definitive Western for the way it embraces the genre’s traditions while coming to grips with the inescapable admission of our own war crimes."
Much praise has also gone to the actors' performances. Here's Variety:
"Pike is especially terrific, delivering what could well be her best performance."
Hostiles is already getting mentioned as an Oscar contender. Judging by the new trailer, it's definitely going to be one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
Will you be seeing Hostiles in theaters? Let me know in the comments.