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Review of Scott Cooper’s Western film HOSTILES by Steve Chicoine
Some of the “reviews” of the movie Hostiles confuse me. I look to movies for the experience, not for a history lesson. As an historian and an author, I wanted Hostilesto bring the West to life for me. I read enough books to know the history. Yes, I am perplexed as to why the screenplay included a Buffalo soldier serving in a white unit in 1892. That is just ridiculous. And, yes, the story is somewhat of a Western spin on Saving Private Ryan. I try to overlook all of that for the most part.
In any case, I thought Hostiles was a good movie. Not a great movie, although it could have been (but I am not going there). My recommendation is to just experience the movie. Scott Cooper assembled an amazing cast, including Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Stude and Ben Foster. The acting is great; the cinematography magnificent.
The movie has much to say about the insanity of wars past and the ongoing tragedy of man’s inhumanity to man. The past is reflected in the grief and the PTSD of most of the story’s characters. And brutal violence and bloodshed continues as the story evolves. Hostiles offers a glimpse into the darkened hearts & wounded souls of man. Just in case the viewer misses these points, Scott Cooper injects Ben Foster’s character, who faces a hanging for a recent indiscriminate killing. He points out to Christian Bale’s character that they both did much of that in the past, that the only thing that changed was a few years and the government policy toward the indigenous people.
One of the major themes of Hostiles is the cost of war; i.e., what it is that we ask our soldiers to endure in the service of our nation. Another theme is the importance and the challenge of forgiveness & reconciliation. Those are important messages, particularly given the chaotic state of our nation. The themes are timeless. Scott Cooper had a purpose for this movie. He never intended for Hostiles to be an action film. That made parts of the movie seem slow. Still, Cooper could have made a little more effort for historical accuracy.