Review: A skilled cook travels west and joins a group of fur trappers in Oregon. The cook develops a true friendship with a Chinese immigrant who is also seeking his fortune. The two of them embark on a successful business venture together.
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Actors: Alia Shawkat, John Magaro, Dylan Smith, Clayton Nemrow, Manuel Rodriguez, Orion Lee, Patrick D. Green, Ewen Bremner, Jared Kasowski, Rene Auberjonois, Jeb Berrier, John Keating, Todd A. Robinson and Toby Jones
Genre: Drama and Western
This film is based on the book “The Half-Life” by Jonathan Raymond. I did find with this film that as soon as Toby Jones came onto the screen the film lit up. All the actors acted really well and none of the performances were over the top at all. It is a very unusual film. My only negative thing was that I did find it a bit too long. Having said that, if I was to watch this film again, I think I would enjoy it a lot more the second time round. Two of the themes this explores is environmentalism and friendship.