The Ballad of Lefty Brown

2017

Western

9
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 57%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 1162

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Tommy Flanagan as Tom Harrah
Jim Caviezel as Jimmy Bierce
Bill Pullman as Lefty Brown
Joe Anderson as Frank
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Reviewed by jhphrydas 9 / 10

A Western with Heart

I love an underdog--who doesn't? With The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Jared Moshe gives the audience a chance to revel in what happens when a bumbling sidekick (expertly played by Bill Pullman) loses his left-hand man (Peter Fonda) and is compelled by love and honor to take revenge. The cinematography is gorgeous--think Andrew Wyeth landscapes at sunset--and the mood of the film remains true to its genre: pensive, a bit wild, and ripplingly tense.

The film succeeds most when it juxtaposes Lefty's incompetence with his determination. Lefty doesn't take action with grace and style like so many other Western heroes--It's just not in his nature. Even his friends think he's too incompetent to manage a ranch let alone outsmart some highly capable bad guys. Lucky for us, his tenacity reveals strength within a love that compels him to do what everyone around him thinks impossible.

As the film progresses, our desire to see Lefty "win" takes on a deeper meaning. Not only do we want him to succeed because justice is pleasurable to witness--Lefty's success is also proof that courage comes in all packages and that true grit reveals its own type of grace, one that is often overlooked when we dismiss those at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a meditation on what happens if we stop worrying about our flaws and instead explore how we can work with them. Who knows, maybe one of our weaknesses could come in handy some day...

Reviewed by christopherbgill-74371 10 / 10

Art imitates life as Bill Pullman plays Lefty Brown

SPOILER ALERT: Although I tried to not give away specific plot turns, I did mention several characters and what they represented, in a way that reveals some aspects of the plot, including a significant one. DON'T read further if you don't want any such aspects revealed.

I love this movie! The inimitable Bill Pullman shows his astounding range, as art imitates life in Jared Moshe's thoroughly entertaining revisionist western, The Ballad of Lefty Brown. Pullman is not only the perfect actor for the role of Lefty, he is the only actor for this role, as it really is his story. Although Pullman has shined in lead roles before (think While You Were Sleeping and Lost Highway), during his significant, though oft under-appreciated career, he has often labored as the semi-invisible sidekick, just like Lefty. In The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Moshe creates a cinematic parallel universe, for Pullman and Lefty's story to be told, while David McFarland's rich, Kodak film cinematography, makes an ambient costar out of the stunning Montana landscape, in which the story is set.

Moshe throws the western idiom on its head, while simultaneously honoring its traditions, by bringing the sidekick to the forefront of the story, as the true protagonist. And Pullman pulls a rabbit out of his thespian hat, with his seamlessly deft portrayal of Lefty, as simultaneously goofy and uncertain, and lovably and admirably heroic. What a timely theme, indeed, given the current cultural machinations. Transforming the stereotype of the hero as the rugged, individual of the American western myth, who ultimately saves the day before riding off into the sunset, Moshe instead makes a hero out of all of us, by endowing the sidekick with the will and grit to deliver us from evil.

In The Ballad of Lefty Brown, evil, represented as ruthless progress, is played dangerously and beautifully, by Jim Caviezel, as a once loyal comrade and partner of Lefty's murdered boss (who himself is played by an intentionally stereotypical, Peter Fonda). Caviezel's character, Jimmy Bierce, has become Governor of Montana, and has abandoned the spirit of the white cowboy hat, for the villain's black hat of self-interest and the relentless future. Caviezel's Bierce is both icily scary and charismatic, as the seducer of Everyman's American dream.

The superb, ensemble cast also includes Tommy Flanagan, as Tom Harrah, the besotted, fallen star Marshall, with a tragic backstory that has been lost and obscured by the apocryphal western myth. Flanagan's Harrah is a cauldron of hot oil, buried under a stoic resignation to the tragic. When he finally bursts, he does so with fierce passion and reckless resolve.

Another member of the core cast, young Diego Josef, acquits himself well as Lefty's own sidekick in the adventure. Josef's Jeremiah starts off as a dewy-eyed and innocent consumer of the western myth, whose dime novels romanticize the flawed heroes. But he emerges as a force to be reckoned with, in his quest for his own youthful dream of heroism. Kathy Baker also delivers a strong and deceptively nuanced performance as the bereft, yet intensely determined widow, who is convinced that Lefty is in no way up to the task of avenging her husband's death. Rounding out the core cast is the British actor, Joe Anderson (one of two Joe Andersons in the movie), who plays the vicious, long haired villain, in a deliciously sneering turn.

The rest of the supporting cast and the music by Scott Salinas are good, too. Salinas' score announces itself brazenly at the beginning, as befits the scene setting for a transforming look at the American hero, and then goes in and out of hearing range for the duration of the movie, with startling bangs and technically innovative rumbles. In the end, though, it is impossible to take your eyes off Pullman's Lefty, who is never played for corn-pone sentimentality, and manages to emote distinct and growing dignity, in the middle of ongoing, violent chaos, and in the face of his own poignant awareness that he (and WE) may well be existentially screwed.

Any view of The Ballad of Lefty Brown, which criticizes its lean minimalism or might stress what it may lack in its contribution to the long tradition of the American western movie genre, is missing the basic point of what this movie is about. As much as Moshe at times pays his historically informed homage to the genre, his film is not actually ABOUT that genre. It is about the people struggling beneath and around its myth making, and the actions that propel and transform that myth in an ever-changing world.

Reviewed by ElmerFuddGantry 8 / 10

Bill Pullman is terrific in this slow moving but heartfelt film

Pullman gives an idiosyncratic, detailed performance as Lefty.

Watch Pullman closely for only a minute or two, and then you will not be able to take your eyes away from watching his inspired acting in this wonderfully filmed western.

Needed more development between Lefty and his long-time friend Edward (Fonda) though - so we the audience feel the deep friendship as well.

Pullman as Lefty, in spite of his drawbacks as a simple, but well meaning ranch hand totally convinces us that heart, loyalty, friendship, and honor do indeed matter.

Never ever count out that person to do the right thing all the way to the end.

We would all be lucky to have a caring, determined friend like Lefty. - AVS

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