First Cow Shows off Reichardt’s Skills

 In Drama, Everything, Historical, Recommended, Woman Director, Woman Writer
A picture of Orion Lee and Toby Jones in the film First Cow

The review:

There’s a sense of peace that comes over me when I watch any Kelly Reichardt film.* Watching Cookie and King-Lu form a friendship and a business in the time of early 19th-century Oregon was a quiet meditation on friendship and dreams of the future. As always, the dialog is sparse, the actors telegraph much,** and the landscape is almost another character.

The verdict: Recommended

Cost: $3.99 via Redbox On Demand
Where watched: at home

Consider also watching:

Further sentences:

*It’s the equivalent to those people who find it calming to hear people whisper.
**Watching the actors in a Reichardt film is always a treat, and this pair (John Magaro and Orion Lee) reminded me a lot of Daniel London and Will Oldham in Old Joy. So much unsaid but still said!

Questions:

  • Did you feel the opening of the film unduly influenced your viewing of the film?
  • Why do you think Cookie and King-Lu connected?

Favorite IMDB trivia item:

First Cow (2019) is the first Kelly Reichardt film to receive a PG-13 rating.

(I can’t think why. Language?
Common Sense Media says language, drinking, and smoking.)

Other reviews of First Cow:

Don’t miss out on the week’s reviews, plus bonus chatter. Delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribe!

Orange background with text: Some people can’t imagine being stolen from. —First Cow. Read the three sentence movie review. 3SMReviews.com
Share this.
Recommended Posts
Showing 2 comments
  • Allie
    Reply

    This isn’t my usual kind of movie but I have to admit, the trailer kind of sold it to me!

    • Patricia Collins
      Reply

      Excellent job, trailer! One critic I heard mentioned that she thought cows were inherently funny.

      This was filmed not far from where I live, and totally captures the chilly-and-not-hot vibe. Thanks for the comment!

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Contact Us

Find contact information here.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search

gtag('config', 'UA-127116470-1'); An arch with text that reads: 3SMReviews.com Sword of TrustAn arch with text that reads: 3SMReviews.com. Welcome to Me