Film: A breath of fresh Western air

Film: A breath of fresh Western air
Sam Shepard in Blackthorn.

Blackthorn, directed by Mateo Gil. Light House, Dublin 7, cert 15A. Rating: 4/5. The Cabin In The Woods, directed by Drew Goddard. Nationwide, cert 16. Rating: 4/5.



An alternate history of how outlaw Butch Cassidy's life might have turned out if he had survived the jump off that waterfall in Bolivia, Spanish director Mateo Gil's Blackthorn is a beautifully modulated speculation; an ambient revisionist Western with a sterling central performance from Sam Shepard. What if history (and George Roy Hill's classic 1969 buddy-comedy caper) had it wrong and the fabled bandit Butch lived to be a grizzled old horse wrangler, quietly...

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