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Plot: A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Runtime: 104 mins Release Date: 21 Oct 2016
Saw an early showing of this... Very Enjoyable. (by Chris12985)
I saw an early showing of this film many months bock, and can promise Everyone... if you like Westerns, even just a little... You Will enjoy this film as well. I walked into the theater not even knowing what to expect as it is with most early previews of films , just having a basic idea that its going to be a western, based somewhat on revenge. I almost decided not to go too... but damn, I am glad I did. It moves at a decent pace, had really good characters, and even months later I still think of random scenes from it. There has been an increase in westerns lately, most being pretty good, <more>
and this one is no exception.I decided to write a review about it now because I honestly want people to go see this film and help it be a success. All the actors in it do an outstanding job, and the story keeps you entertained the whole time. Remember, I saw a early cut too... so it may have even been improved on by now, though even if it hasn't it wouldn't matter, its a great film regardless.
Spoiler Alert: The Anti Clint Eastwood Western (by robertmike57)
I liked the post Spaghetti Clint Eastwood westerns of the late 1960's and early 1970's. This movie deconstructs those stories and presents you with real characters. This movie fleshes out real people from those movies as I would expect to meet them: the Preacher was from 2 Mules For Sister Sara was nasty and mean while the man with no name reluctantly gives a name. Ethan Hawkes character is not just a loner, but also lonely with a haunting past. The gang of men who try to kill him as in the movie Hang 'Em High are fleshed out as readily manipulated men with a mean guy who is the <more>
son of the Marshall. The Ethan Hawkes character comes back for vengeance is not the man who wants to paint the town red like High Plains drifter, but a man who wants to kill only those who killed his dog, a true companion that has personality and charm you care for. John Travolta's Marshall is perceptive and brave, the antithesis of the sheriff in Joe Kidd. Yet it's Taissa Farmiga's character Mary-Anne that steals the scenes she is in with a strong female character not a version of a woman playing a man's role that is distinctive from what I have seen in a movie. There was humor and intelligence with a restraint of no guns being fired until the 3rd act. This is not a great movie few are but it took me into an interesting relatable world where many movies fail . It deserves a wide viewing and not the current low rating.
Best movie, in my opinion since unforgiving. (by bandidusky56)
I have looked in other peoples reviews, if I have to accept that this is an Spaghetti Western then I would have to say that Italians do a much better Western than Hollywood ever did without Italian influence. I'm not Italian, I'm a Uruguayan/Aussie that at 60 can tell when I'm watching unworthy movies or not. Not since unforgiving have I seen a better western. Everyone in this film outdid themselves. Including those I loved to see getting their just comeuppances. Nothing was reduced to silly sentimentality or ridiculous over the top machismo. Just the right touch of humanity and <more>
decency. Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga and the rest of the cast were superb. Very few Ethan Hawke movies impressed me much, but I always thought that a good actor sooner or latter stumbles on to a role that shows their true talent. A previous movie that kept me hopping for better from him was Day Walkers. John Travolta, well he has proved many times that he has a better than 50/50 nose for a good movie or he was hunted down when a solid actor was required. Who would have guessed when as young man I was occasionally forced by some chick to watch Welcome Back Kooter, I think it was called. Well I thought the whole show was so silly as to make me cringe with second hand embarrassment. Oh please don't think I criticize John Travolta for his role in it, I applaud any-one who gets paid for doing a TV series and gets paid for it. I'm pretty sure that the J Travolta of today wouldn't take back to such stupid, vapid shows except if he really thought the role would be a blast of fun and humor or even perhaps a gracious repayment to a show that indeed many fans of his liked.
Ti West's foray into the western genre is a complete success! (by the_bluesman)
'In a Valley of Violence' is a movie that absolutely deserves its title as it is indeed violent. With this gritty western-that was shot on real film-director Ti West, who has been making a name for himself in the horror genre with 2009's indie hit 'The House of the Devil' and 2011's 'The Innkeepers,' tried out a completely different genre than what we are used to seeing from him. It's obvious that West is a film aficionado who has seen a lot of movies, studied them and uses his knowledge very skillfully to create something new and refreshing much like <more>
Quentin Tarantino does. Still, I couldn't estimate how he would do in the western genre as most of the projects he was associated with up to this point were horror-related. What can I say, West knows his westerns! That is very obvious when you watch 'In a Valley of Violence' and know a couple of movies from the genre. It's as if West combined all of the best elements from 1960s westerns like 'For a Handful of Dollars,' 'Once Upon a Time in the West' or 'The Wild Bunch' and paired them with the sort of graphic violence that is usually found in horror movies, and it works very well. I'd say it's rare that a genre director's first attempt at a different genre turns out so well as it did here.The movie's plot about a mysterious stranger who passes through a town ruled by a gang of misfits who kill his best friend and leave the stranger for dead is one of the classic western themes. The twist here is that the best friend is a super cool dog who can do spectacular tricks "He bites." . Of course the stranger, who is portrayed splendidly by Ethan Hawke, isn't dead and comes back to take revenge on the hoodlums who did him wrong. The performances from the whole cast are excellent! Ethan Hawke is great in the lead role and James Ransone 'Sinister' is equally convincing in the role of Gilly, the main antagonist. John Travolta portrays the town's marshal, who also happens to be Gilly's father, and it's one of Travolta's finest performances in recent memory. The charming Taissa Farmiga 'The Final Girls' and Karen Gillan 'Oculus' are also very good in their roles as managers of the local hotel. Taissa's character is fascinated by the stranger and helps him achieve his revenge. The direction and cinematography are excellent, as is the film score by Jeff Grace, who has composed and performed the scores for the majority of Ti West's movies, is reminiscent of Ennio Morricone and completes the gritty western experience of 'In a Valley of Violence.' The score combines elements of some of the most familiar themes found in spaghetti westerns and it sounds like it could be straight out of a classic Clint Eastwood movie.I think 'In a Valley of Violence' is Ti West's most accomplished movie yet. I loved 'In the House of the Devil' and especially 'The Innkeepers,' but the latter only grew on me with multiple viewings. 'In a Valley of Violence' convinced me from the beginning an I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I highly recommend this movie to fans of violent westerns!
One of the biggest surprises of 2016. (by trublu215)
In a Valley of Violence is one of those films that come around once in awhile that truly captivate you in ways not a lot of other films can accomplish. Veteran horror director Ti West delivers one of his most confident directorial efforts in, what is most likely, one of the most surprising films of 2016. No, it isn't something you've never seen before. It isn't even something that hasn't been done in a long while. This is a Western to its bones and it is truly great and it coming from one of the best horror directors of the decade just adds to the shock that is this film. <more>
Starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta, the film is an addicting odyssey to embark on from the first frame to the last.The film starts with a seemingly innocent drifter Ethan Hawke and his dog as they trek across Texas wasteland in hopes to arrive in Mexico. Along the way, the drifter meets every Western cliché from the drunken priest to the corrupt lawman and his overbearingly villainous young son but what sets this film apart from other Westerns of this type is its sheer persistence to break from the normative beats of this story. Ti West does an amazing job at incorporating clichés just to totally strip them down to nothing you'd expect it to be. The cast here is brilliant, especially a surprise performance from Taissa Farmiga that damn near steals the show.Overall, this is a high intensity Western that is worth every penny and every minute of your time. From the excellent set pieces, the brilliant direction to the awesome performances, In a Valley of Violence is an amazing film that just may solidify itself as one of the best films of 2016.
Best new western I have seen in long time. Anyone that doesn't like this movie I don't understand. Definitely a new fistful of dollars.
A Well-Acted, Exciting Western (by SquigglyCrunch)
In a Valley of Violence follows a travelling cowboy who, after stopping by a small town, unintentionally starts conflict among the more powerful members there. Let's start with the obvious part: Ethan Hawke. He's fantastic, as per usual. I don't think I've ever not been impressed by this guy, and that trend continues here. John Travolta pulls off a solid performance as well, playing one of the most interesting characters in the movie. And James Ransone does the same, pulling off a good ol' western hothead. Personally I don't think that Taissa Farmiga was very fit for <more>
this role, but she did her best and thankfully fails to take anything of significance away from the movie. The writing is good as well. The movie builds the characters and conflict for a while before anything of real significance happens, and it makes it all the more effective. It excels at building tension, making the last 40 minutes of this movie just that much better. Speaking of the last 40 minutes, they're awesome. After an hour of solid build up, we are treated with some great western action. It's tense and exciting, yet not over-the-top. It's just right. Overall I really enjoyed In a Valley of Violence. The acting, writing, and action are all great, and in the end I would definitely recommend it.
I liked this film, I thought the timing worked well, the build up of tension worked well in most scenes . The acting is decent, not sure why someone on here would say otherwise, my favourite character was the girl, Mary Anne,I liked her humour and compassion for Ethan Hawke. I also thought the overall humour worked well. I admit I'm an Ethan Hawke fan,but I don't like everything he's made.I'm not usually a western fan either,but somehow this pulled it off for me. I found myself wanting to watch it to the end. I was surprised to see Karen Gillan in this role, she usually does <more>
science fiction. So overall I think you could do a lot worse than watching this on a Saturday night, I enjoyed it,and i'm fussy !
I read some reviews here criticizing this movie as too much of a satire, so I went in with a cautious mind. I surely didn't want a straight-up comedy or a movie that has too much commentary about its genre. I'm happy to say that "In a Valley of Violence" is played very straight, it's a traditional loner western with a revenge plot.There is nothing quite new here, and you'll see plenty of clichés played out. Which suggests that Ti West wanted to pay homage to traditional, small-scaled westerns. So if you want something profound or fresh to challenge your intellect, <more>
you'd want to look elsewhere.But there is something to this film. Most of the characters, despite not having much depth, are fun to follow. They have that certain spark to them, most of them are over the top and very on-the-nose. It doesn't reach Tarantino-levels in the way these characters are portrayed, but the fact that this comparison even came to my mind is telling. You don't get that invested in the characters, but you start to enjoy them nonetheless - which is good, because the movie is carried by this weird little group of people. The scale is small, and there are only a few people on the screen, so it's that much more important. Ti West's other movie "The Innkeepers" had the same element to it, and he just might be a pretty good director concerning characters, making them even remotely interesting when the premise or material doesn't help.Actors are fine. My favorite was Taissa Farmiga, who was a sweet blabbermouth. Even John Travolta did fine, and Tommy Nohilly was good too. James Ransone was absolutely hamming it up at times, which was a nice contrast to Ethan Hawke who played it straight. Ethan Hawke doesn't have much of a range here, and he's not supposed to either, but he always delivers just by his mere presence. He's one of those actors I just enjoy watching, no matter the movie, and this one is no exception. Karen Gillan was certainly having fun with her role, as most people did. Perhaps that's it, the charm this movie had: people were having fun and some of it translated to the screen. Otherwise the movie would have been very dry. Oh yeah, and the dog helped too.There's something to be said about cinematography in Ti West's films although I've only seen three . There is something intimate and warm to it. Nothing feels pretentious or grand, but at the same time not too familiar either. They're easy on the eye in a lovely way. I hope Ti West makes more films, I'm starting to get interested."In a Valley of Violence" isn't deep. It's probably a love letter to simple westerns, and isn't trying to do anything what it can't achieve. For this movie that particular approach works well. It's a simple story about simple characters with some weird charm to it. It's not very engaging, but I found it very enjoyable nonetheless. There is nothing cynical about this movie, even though we've seen this story a thousand times, and it warmed my heart. If you like simple, confined movies and you're willing to adjust your expectations, this might be worth the shot for you too.