Review: The Sisters Brothers

Brothers by blood, Sisters by name.

Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix) are hired assassins who are currently hunting down Hermann Kermit Warm. (Riz Ahmed) What was supposed to be an easy job turns harder when the man that was tasked with holding Warm until the Sisters Brothers got there, John Morris (Jake Gyllenhaal) decides he's going to help Warm instead. 

There's something about Westerns that just puts me to sleep. It's pretty telling that the only ones I like are the 3:10 to Yuma remake and Hell or High Water if we're really stretching it. But this one was pitched as a semi comedy and the four men cast are some of my favorite working actors right now.

Damn, this was long. This film has a run time of two hours and one minute and it felt like nearly three. There's two stories going on here, and one of those wraps up about halfway through the film (or at least that's how it felt) and I was sitting there going "wait...really? There's more?" The pacing is just horrendous.

The chemistry between Reilly and Phoenix is fantastic. I loved their banter even if the film was moving at a snails pace. Ahmed and Gyllenhaal played off each other well too but not to the level of our leads. There's not a lot of back story here, which is fine. The last thing this movie needed was an excuse for a longer run time but they make do with what they have.

I'm torn. Although it may sound like it, I didn't hate this movie. It's actually one of the better Westerns I've sat through. I just didn't love it. I imagine if you really like Westerns or don't have a strong aversion to them as I do, you'll probably really dig this. 

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "Whens the last time someone tried to kill us?" - Eli Sisters (John C. Reilly)

9 comments:

  1. 2 hours and 1 minute western? Not long enough but then again. This is Jacques Audiard and he's made films that are longer so... I'll go see it. I'm a sucker for that shit.

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    1. For me two hours is quite long enough for a Western. I could maybe do a 30 minute one. lol

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  2. Wait'll you see Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker

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  4. I always want to love westerns too, but I can't remember too many that I've seen or even have many favorites. Nice review!

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  5. Good God every thing Jack did this year is such a no1curr

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    1. Jake* lol so dull I cannot keep the name straight

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    2. I'm excited for Wildlife, I think that might be a good one!

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