The Ballad of Lefty Brownis a beautifully shot and acted Western that isn’t anchored in the predictable point of view of a gunslinger or law abiding sheriff. Lefty Brown (Bill Pullman) isn’t quick on on the draw and he’s far from an able bodied protagonist.
Instead, Lefty is driven by his heart and loyalty to his more responsible best friend Edward (Peter Fonda) who is gunned down in cold blood. Lefty’s mission of revenge leads him to a reunion with two former riding partners, one of whom is now Montana’s governor (Jim Caviezel). Tom Harrah (Tommy Flanagan) is Lefty’s other old friend, a just as loyal buddy who now is the governor’s right hand man.
The feature has its share of action sequences as the elderly and understandably scared Lefty gets into his share of scrapes, and one of the many beauties behind this film is its loving homage to Gabby Hayes, cinema’s most popular Western sidekick. Click on the media bar below to hear how Pullman is connected to Gabby Hayes (spoiler alert: both of them were born in New York!):
The Ballad of Lefty Brown, directed by Jared Moshe, opens December 15 and is currently available on DirecTV Cinema.
The great news about this episode of CinemAddicts is there are a ton of great movies that are being reviewed. November featured the top releases Lady Bird and the transcendent Call Me By Your Name, and both films are covered on the show. Unfortunately, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which is receiving its share of excellent reviews, simply didn’t float my boat (it doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone).
Although there’s a formal review embargo on The Post, reactions to the film have been allowed. The bottom line is that this is Steven Spielberg’s strongest film in years (possibly since Munich) and features solid work from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The Post is this year’s frontrunner for Best Film, and don’t be surprised if Spielberg wins a Best Director Oscar.
Other films covered on the program include Molly’s Game, which features an A-list performance from Jessica Chastain. and two excellent Westerns (The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Hostiles). Check out the latest installment of CinemAddicts below!!
The Ballad of Lefty Brown features Bill Pullman in one of his strongest roles to date, proving that he has a natural facility for headlining Westerns (he also starred in Kevin Costner’s Wyatt Earp).
The picture centers on the titular character, a 65-year-old cowboy (Pullman) who attempts to find the killer of his lifelong friend and riding partner (Peter Fonda). Helping Lefty’s quest is a friend (Tommy Flanagan) from the old days and an overzealous youngster (Diego Josef) who dreams of becoming a great gunslinger.
Directed by Jared Moshe, the Western takes a different spin on the genre as Lefty is actually a bumbling and stumbling (yet likable) cowboy. This is one of the interesting touches of the movie, and in the media bar below Pullman also explains how the movie featured some of his family and friends:
Currently playing on Directv Cinema, The Ballad of Lefty Brown opens in theaters December 15.
Throughout his illustrious career Bill Pullman has genre hopped with the best of them, and though he played Ed Masterson in Lawrence Kasdan’s vastly underrated Wyatt Earp, he’s not exactly known as a Western guy.
That may change with the impending release of The Ballad of Lefty Brown, as Pullman is getting great word of mouth as the titular protagonist. After his friend, newly elected Senator Edward Johnson (Peter Fonda), is killed, Lefty Brown (Pullman) travels the Montana plains to catch the outlaws. Helping him on his mission is a novice gunslinger (Diego Josef) and a worn down U.S. Marshall (Sons of Anarchy’s Tommy Flanagan) who is unfortunately more proficient with the bottle than a six shooter. Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker, and Joe Anderson round out the cast.
The picture is the second feature of writer-director Jared Moshe (his 2012 cinematic debut was another Western titled Dead Man’s Burden). Check out the trailer below and leave us a comment!
The Ballad of Lefty Brown hits DirecTV November 9 and has a theatrical run starting December 15.