You can literally see a new Martin Scorsese movie in theaters right now. Yes, Killers of the Flower Moon has been released. I marked the occasion yesterday by ranking Scorsese’s filmography here. Today, however, we’re turning over the Awards Radar Community Question to the flick. It’s simple: if you saw Killers of the Flower Moon, we’re eager to know what you thought of it.
In my review here of the film, I said the following about Scorsese’s epic new work, which I loved:
Epic crime stories from Martin Scorsese are nothing new. He’s made his career on depicting criminals, whether it was Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, or The Irishman. Now, Scorsese is doing it again with Killers of the Flower Moon, only this time, he’s not just following his bad guys, but the victims as well. That epic canvas that the master filmmaker is painting on is fueling him, to say the least. Yes, this movie runs nearly three and a half hours long, but it earns that investment. The film is one of 2023’s crowning achievements and another feather in Scorsese’s well-adorned hat.
Killers of the Flower Moon finds unique footing due to its bifurcated focus. While there’s plenty of time spent with the idiots and mastermind of the atrocities being committed throughout, there’s also ample time spent with the natives who are being systematically picked off. Scorsese has you sit with that, over and over again, to the point where you wish someone, literally anyone, would so something. When the law finally does get involved towards the end, it’s a relief, sure, but also enraging that it took that long. By trimming a lot of the procedural aspects of the story, he’s come upon a haunting work that hits as hard as anything he’s done before.
If you loved it, don’t be shy. Plenty of folks, including myself, are raving. On the other hand, if you were somehow let down, either due to the length or some other reason, you can freely share that as well. This is a movie worth discussing, so discussion is where it’s at this weekend…
Now, we want to hear from you! Whatever you think of the film, chime in with your take. We’ll be discussing it more on the next episode of the Awards Radar Podcast, so stay tuned there!
What did you think of Killers of the Flower Moon? Let us know!