Meek's Cutoff Reviews
Wow, what a dull movie. I managed about 20 minutes before I'd had enough.
The dialog is so minimal-one would think that what is spoken would be profound. It's not-it's weak and uninteresting. The storyline is this- a fgew determined settlers are pushing westward to start new. enriched lifes. They get led astray in an effort by their hired guide and indian soldier, to hasteb their journey. Water is scarce and food likewise. They encounter a LONE indian, capture him, decide to trust him to lead them to life-saving water and thus continue onwards to their new , promising home. The only noteworthy, or slightly interesting scene is when Williams character asserts herself strongly-pointing rifle at the hired guide who wants to kill the Indian. Her befriending the indian is the climax[if there is a climax at all] in this amazingly boring, vapid story. What a waste of time and talent!! NOTHING happens in this movie !!
Robert Redford would be hard pressed to make this movie interesting and entertaining. But he would, and we would have a lot of interesting dialog. We would discover the very personal inner selves of all these travelers, There would be INTENSE interactions between the characters, inner struggles and outward actions we clearly seeand find compelling. We would be drawn into their quest west, we would be traveling right along with them..feeling their anguish, hopes, and joys. Sex-YES ! Intrigue-YES! Some meaningful
It seems that Meeks Cutoff would best serve as a prologue/pilot of what would then lead into all the needed intrigue/action/drama etc. The water is found by the Indian-but-soon afterwards a small group of savage indian warriors attack-the indian/guide fights to save Williams[he is MUCH better looking and very sexy]. The settlers go onto their destinations, while the Indian goes looking for Williams who was abducted by 2 of the surviving savages[who killed Williams husband]. NOW--we view each character in their new home-their new challenges and intrigue that develops, while we also view the Indians quest to rescue Williams. . NOW we have a storyline and NOW the fine actors can entertain us with their brilliant acting.
(2010) Meek's Cutoff
I saw this film almost after "Martha Marcy May Marlene", and was quite surprised how similar they're with one another since both films are plotless without a solidified resolution. Both starring women in difficult situations. What sets this film better as opposed to "Martha Marcy..." is it's "authenticity" particularly the use of actual landscapes and the use of fake props where in most Westerns, women are usually in the dark. All it is, is a small group of prairie settlers mumbling and grumbling about Meek's choice of direction, who was pre-paid by them to lead them to a better area but as a result, incorporate some paranoid thoughts amongst the group, forcing them to look for a supply of water instead. Second film the director, Kelly Reichardt used actress Michelle Williams, and just like her previous films, uses actual locations and great dialogue to carry this non- existent plot. Another film that is similar to this one is the 1951 movie "Wesward the Women"
3 out of 4