Overview of: 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐂𝐨𝐰 (𝐔𝐒𝐀), (𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟗)
𝑩𝒊𝒓𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑪𝒂𝒌𝒆!
Kelly Reichardt’s First cow is based on the book “The Half-Life” by American novelist Jonathan Raymond, also the film’s co-writer. Reichardt begins by taking only a small part of the book which spanned many years.
This is a moist and gentle Take on Oregon territory sometime in the early 19th century. Even though the film begins with a prologue happens in the present by showing the grave of its protagonists, it doesn’t weaken the quality of this story because the film is enriched with the filmmaker’s gaze, her screenwriter’s point of view and everything in it shines so vividly. The two main actors, John Magaro and Orion Lee serve their characters wonderfully and transport themselves into the era that the movie tries to recreate and make two memorable characters out of it.
Reichardt has made their connection truthful by telling little more than the closeness between his two protagonists, and the predicaments they had to go through in order to get money and a better life in such a hostile environment. After all, This is all that we also ask from modern filmmakers. Knowing how to open a universe and fields of ideas without neglecting the sensations and sensitivity that pass through the screen.
This movie is unequivocally Reichardt, continuing her love for a deliberate style, and she has succeeded in what she wanted to deliver. I find this movie so satisfying even though it illustrates a tragedy. Since the phase of its first half is a little bit slower than the second half, you might need to bear it up for around 40 minutes if you don’t want to miss a “feeling good” type of movie. You got to trust me. it’s getting better towards the end.