Meek's Cutoff (2010)
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The reason to watch this film is the stunning visuals. Every frame looks like a painting.
Meek's Cutoff is a slice of life western, based on a true events relating to Oregonian trails, one of which was... I don't think "blazed" is the right word here... in 1845 by a guide called Meek who got part of a caravan completely lost in the desert. We come into the film in the middle of things and opt out before there's a solid resolution (though there's definitely a character arc at play), definitely a story on slow burn, more procedural than true survival film. And part of the inaction of it comes from using the women's point of view. Kept away from decision making most of the way through, we hear many conversations from afar (the film benefits from activating subtitles, at least from a clarity standpoint) and spend time on the fringes of the lost convoy. Somehow, it retains an acceptable measure of tension, especially once the group captures a Native who will either take them to water or to their deaths, but many audiences will be left thirsty.
A masterpiece. One of the greatest westerns ever.
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This movie ranks #21 in A.V. Club's The Best Movies of the 2010s
This movie ranks #76 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
This movie ranks #83 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #113 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #166 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films