The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Production design from Stephanie Hamilton is another highlight, and the film feels pulled directly out of a very specific time and place; Jeremy Rouse's cinematography is gorgeous without being at all showy.
Its narrative focus leans the movie toward having more of a white-savior complex, even though that does make Garrett Hedlund's portrayal of Burden a very complicated type of hero.
Hedlund leans so heavily on Mike's bobbing physicality that the audience nearly gets seasick. Still, it's an unselfish performance from a strong young actor who's been devoting his career to tough parts that don't ask for applause.
The writer-director's inexperience behind the camera is all too evident, as the painful but ultimately cathartic tale bumps along for more than two hours without ever finding an aesthetic form.
Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, and Forrest Whittaker give good to great performances. In a world that is becoming increasingly divided over arbitrary things, it's good to see an example of love overcoming hate.
t's an intriguing tale that's fairly well-told, and the performances more than pick up the slack whenever it veers a little too sharply into corny territory.
There's a lot to chew on here, and if Burden is ultimately buried by its muddled central character, it's as much a testament to the filmmaker's refusal to sugarcoat this story as it is a criticism of the final product.
Are people in the mood for a movie about an ex-Klansman seeking redemption? Boy, I don't know. But it will have people talking. There's no doubt about that.
The short hand for this movie could read as such: "KKK member finds a better way thanks to the love of a good white woman."
Hard-hitting and deeply moving.
In better hands "Burden" might have worked, but its message that love can conquer all, and truly turn a deeply bigoted man in a socially conscience direction feels more like a dream than current reality.
Burden is a good story, but told from the wrong perspective.
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