Hostiles (2018)


Westerns aren’t dead folks! I very much believe that there is a place for them in our world and I will open them with welcome arms IF they nail the story.

Known for being bleak and often dismal, the genre can be hard to swallow but with a strong cast and solid plot you’re onto a winner. Hostiles for filled 50% of those requirements.

‘In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.’

The movie opens to a memorable scene that showed real promise for what’s to come. It then ends with a scene that touches on being pretty powerful, however it’s everything in between that I had a little trouble with …

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Sitting at 2 hours and 20 minutes, it just felt too long. A good 30 minutes – 45 minutes could’ve been trimmed off and it still would’ve achieved the same thing.

It deals with heartbreak and racism in a way that’s just okay! Nothing more, nothing less – just okay.  It has moments of being gritty and great but before it quite gets there, it seems to fall flat again. I just couldn’t seem to get behind the story, the point, the message and whatever else the movie was trying to do.

It just felt like whoever sat down and wrote this got a bunch of ideas and tried to put all of them in the one film – there seemed to be so much and not a lot happening at the same time. HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN?


Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike where the real reasons I wanted to see this movie and they both smashed it. As I mentioned, the story line was lacking, but the acting skills definitely made up for that.

I feel like Bale is best when he’s playing someone who’s a little dead inside … he’s great at portraying deep seeded anger and bitterness. Not really sure what that says about him as a person, but hey! it’s working for this acting career.

Rosamund is usually the best part of the movie she’s in and this isn’t an exception. She acts the shit out of her role and plays ‘slightly unhinged’ to a tee.

6/10 – An average story with great performances that save it from being a complete waste of time.

2 thoughts on “Hostiles (2018)

  1. Hello Emma!

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