Reviewed byjhphrydasVote: 9/10
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 bymrpheelVote: 9/10
Bill Pullman is such a splendid actor. See this movie for no other reason. Well, one other reason: Kathy Baker. You can't go wrong having her in your movie. I love good acting, and this is some of the best you'll see this year. Bravo!
Reviewed byfcsupreme-19958Vote: 8/10
One of the best Westerns since Unforgiven (1992).A Must watch for the Nostalgic western fan.A masterful performance by all cast headed by Bill Pullman.One not to be missed, Don't wait till later go watch it now!
When cowboy Lefty Brown witnesses the murder of his longtime partner, the newly-elected Senator Edward Johnson. He strikes out to find the killers and avenge his friend's gruesome death. Tracking the outlaws across the vast and desolate Montana plains, Lefty recruits a young gunslinger, Jeremiah, and an old friend, a hard-drinking U.S. Marshall, to help deliver the men to justice. After a gunfight with the outlaws leaves Jeremiah wounded, Lefty returns home with the names of Johnson's killers only to find that he is being accused of his friend's murder. With the tables turned, and with his friend in the governor's mansion refusing to help, Lefty must evade the law and prove his innocence by exposing the powerful men ultimately responsible for Johnson's death.