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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam and Julio Cesar Cedillo
I return to write a little review and bring back my shitty titles. I've got a brand spankin' new internet provider and have a bit of writers block so why not start catching up on my reviews?!
Now I'm a sucker for westerns and what's not to love about them? The protagonists are bad-asses, the setting is gorgeous yet run-down and depressing, and the atmosphere feels as harsh as the actions of the characters. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is my #2 favorite movie of all time and many more make my top 50 list. I already preordered The Proposition with out even fucking watching it... I usually don't do that.
TTBoME starts out promising... they shoot a mexican. What's not promising about that?! (I'm just kidding, my wifes mexican so I can stuff like that... as long as she doesn't know.) The film plays in a non-linear format, the first scene is the discovery of Mel's corpse and thereafter for the first half of the film it's showcases the events before and after they find his body. We see the bond that Pete (Jones) and Mel) shared and the shooting that doesn't look accidental... but perhaps was. The second half of the film is Pete getting his own form of justice after Mel's case is poorly handled. He finds out that Mike (Pepper) a border patrol officer shot Mel. Pete kidnaps Mikes and forces his to travel with him and Mel's corpses across the border to Mexico and bury his friend properly.
This is one of the best films I've seen in recent memory. Enough drama, heart, emotion and EVEN comedy (it's even listed as a 'dark comedy') to satisfy any film craving I have. It may take a democratic view of the illegal immigrant issue yet it doesn't shove it in your face as that it's only a side plot. The characters a very well rounded even though you really want to hate a character you just can't, they have too many redeeming qualities as all human beings do. The lighting and cinemaphotography is astounding, some scenes really caught my eye such as Mike running away from Pete in the desert and runs through a patch of sunflowers.
I chose this out of many films I've watch recently because it's not too well known and I want to let people know it's out there and they should give it a chance. This film is truely great and should not be missed!
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