Friday June 5, 2020

Film: A breath of fresh Western air

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.

14th April, 2012
Sam Shepard in Blackthorn.



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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