Click here then scroll down to see my review at St. Anthony Messenger.Christian Bale is, as usual, very good. Wes Studi is always good as is Rosalind Pike. More than a revisionist Western this shows white people having remorse and angst (that’s the revisionist part) for the violent white westward expansion that decimated the Indian peoples – but Indians still do not have much of a voice here. At first I was surprised that Wes Studi took this role as the dying Chief Yellow Hawk because I once recall him saying at the press day for the film”Pocahontas” that he only took roles that showed Native Americans in an authentic way. I guess it’s true – he and his family are mostly silent in this film.
The romanticized ending didn’t help either. Too neat.
It’s supposed to be a profound film and maybe it has it’s moments, but in general, I don’t think it’s all that great.
We cannot wish away the past; we can only change the future for the good of all. This is what it may be trying to say.