February 22, 2024

Martin Scorsese collaborated with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to create the western epic, Killers of the Flower Moon. The film is currently showing in theaters in Israel and will be available for streaming next month on Apple TV+. Some have praised the movie as Scorsese’s best work in decades, but others, including the author of this article, disagree. Despite this, Killers of the Flower Moon offers a fact-based story, beautifully filmed set pieces, and a talented ensemble cast. The film, based on a nonfiction book by David Grann, tells the story of the Osage tribe’s discovery of oil on their land in the early 20th century and the subsequent exploitation and murder by white Americans seeking their wealth. The plot follows soldier Ernest Burkhart as he becomes entangled in his uncle’s nefarious schemes to gain control of the tribe’s fortune. While the film showcases stunning cinematography and details of Osage life, it fails to fully develop its characters and generate suspense. However, Lily Gladstone’s performance as an Osage woman stands out as the heart and soul of the movie. Overall, Killers of the Flower Moon, while visually stunning, falls short of achieving the greatness of Scorsese’s previous classic films.