The Sisters Brothers (2018) – Review

Based in the 1850’s, an infamous pair of assassins attempt to chase a gold prospector and his unexpected ally down to finish the job they had signed up for. Things become more complicated however, when the prospector alerts the men to the fact that he holds a chemical substance that is capable of finding gold with ease. An all-star cast deliver a fine performance but a tale that some may not find all that entertaining.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Director: Jacques Audiard
Writers: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Patrick DeWitt
Starring: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed

The Sisters Brothers is a movie that has been on my to-watch list for a while now, and this past weekend I managed to finally give it a shot. This was a flick with a really appealing cast and genre alike and the film on a whole was beautifully made – just like many recent western pictures of today. With that being said, something that surprised me was the fact that a large chunk of this was actually filmed in Europe, rather than the United States. With Romania, Spain and France hosting many of the picturesque locations that were used throughout.

It has to be said though, if you head into this one with an expectation of constant gun fights and action scenes then you’ll probably be left a little disappointed. If, however, you head into it with an open mind to long, progressive and authentic story telling that isn’t too unrealistic, then you may find this one enjoyable. The story and plot alike were pretty straight forward and as a viewer, you never really struggled to understand what was going on at any given time, but the lack of real substance may lead some understandably disliking the flick.

As mentioned, there definitely wasn’t as much outright action that you’d expect from a film of this nature, but when a filmmaker decides to focus intently on character development, that can be expected to some extent. It’s also worth noting that despite the lack of action, there was infact some dramatic and shocking scenes of a brutal nature at times, especially towards the end of the film.

The all-star cast was most definitely a strength of the film, with John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix portraying Eli and Charlie Sisters respectively, while elsewhere, Jake Gyllenhaal appeared as John Morrison and Riz Ahmed adopted the role of Hermann Warm – a pairing that also worked alongside each other in Nightcrawler. All involved put in great performances and really managed to create a good sense of realism in their relationships with each other.

All in all, The Sisters Brothers wasn’t the most explosive and entertaining flick of recent times, but it’s certainly worth the runtime for any true fan of the western genre.

“Hey, have you noticed how long it’s been since anyone tried to kill us?”

Eli Sisters – The Sisters Brothers

3 thoughts on “The Sisters Brothers (2018) – Review

  1. jarilissima

    Seems interesting. John C. Reilly movies are hit-or-miss for me, so this review really helps! I do like Joaquin Phoenix, but who doesn’t?

    By the way, Reilly has a really weird 3-minute movie called HAM on Amazon. Just throwing it out there, hahaha. Take care 🙂

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