TITLE: The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
original movies are kind of like a trap. They get big names involved, and you can watch movies from the comfort of your couch. Yeah that’s all fine and dandy and shit. But here’s the catch: their movies aren’t usually very good. Do you remember #TheCloverfieldParadox
? Yeah, me either. But I remember it’s marketing ploy, and it was brilliant.
Which brings me to yet another Netflix misfire, #TheLegacyofaWhitetailDeerHunter
. And let me tell you, with proper rewrites, this movie could’ve worked. I mean shit, they got #JoshBrolin
in this thing, and this summer, he’s like Hansel: so hot right now. But alas, TLOAWDH comes across as a first draft kind of deal. And in the end, a missed opportunity.
It’s a missed opportunity for a number of reasons. One is that this movie could’ve been funnier than it ends up being. It could’ve poked fun at hunting and all that, and at first it does... and then things get weird. This is a very bipolar film. Not one that’s necessarily ambitious, but one that tries to be too many things to the point where it falls apart.
It begins a comedy, then turns into a weird family drama and the gearing shift, needless to say, doesn’t work. It’s kind of like #AGoofyMovje
, but with hunting instead of fishing, and it’s not nearly as funny.
It’s also a missed opportunity because we get strong work from Brolin, who is all in. But he shouldn’t be. Neither should #DannyMcBride
, or Director #JodyHill
There’s a couple of funny moments. But much of it got on my nerves, and a lot of that has to do with the son character. I don’t know if he was meant to be funny, but if that was their goal, they missed it.
Every so often Netflix makes a movie that’s worth a damn. But most of the time they end up like this one. We just have to pray to God that #MartinScorsese
doesn’t end up like the latter.