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Review | Hostiles | 2017
From The Dispatch
Cooper riffs on John Ford's The Searchers in a minor key, filling Hostiles with sweeping vistas that recall the grand Monument Valley locations that graced so many classic westerns. On the other hand, there is something colder here, a societal rot at its core, an idea that an America built on such violence cannot ever fully heal. Yet all is not without hope. The film ends on a beautifully understated question mark, a kind of inversion of The Searchers' iconic final shot in which John Wayne, no longer welcome in this brave new world, stands silhouetted by a dark door frame. Perhaps this truly is no country for old men, perhaps the old ways of thinking must die. What civilized world would have a place for a man like Blocker anyway?
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