Movies: Two Movies Going Wide - Hostiles and Maze Runner: The Death Cure

“Hostiles” – a Western that’s a far cry from “Bonanza” or “The Rifleman”. It’s the politically correct Western. Christian Bale stars as a military officer on the verge of retirement who is sent on one last mission: accompanying a terminally ill Indian chief back to his village and final resting place. Problem is, this Chief was responsible for the gruesome murders of some of the officer’s people. Rosamund Pike co-stars as a woman who watched her entire family killed by another Indian tribe. Timothee Chalamet, Oscar-nominated for “Call Me By Your Name” and also starring in the Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird”, appears briefly.

You get this is a very serious film. The gorgeous scenery is best appreciated on the big screen. But it’s slow & long. 2 hours and 14 minutes long. My husband is a HUGE fan of Westerns and bailed on it. Then again, he tried watching it on the small screen. I appreciated it MUCH more in-theater.

3 stars


“Maze Runner: The Death Cure”… this is the 3rd in the trilogy. It’s a movie best appreciated by tween fans of “The Walking Dead” with lots of zombies created by a fast-spreading virus. Society has already long since been destroyed. The elite is out to arrest every young person who is immune to the virus to use their antibodies for a cure. Seems they have to die to for them to get that cure. Apparently only a handful of adults are immune to the zombie virus. Among them: Barry Pepper and Giancarlo Esposito- who played Gus on “Breaking Bad”. Patricia Clarkson is a villain doc. The 2-plus hour running time feels longer. Every time you think it’s over it just goes on and on and on.

Not the worst movie but I can’t recommend it.

1.5 stars

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