This evening, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and their co-stars attended the world premiere of Martin Scorsese’s new movie Killers of the Flower Moon at the Cannes Film Festival.
Expected to be a hot Oscars contender in 2024, the epic blockbuster is based on the 2017 non-fiction book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
The film adaptation that brings the director’s acting favourites (DiCaprio and DeNiro) together for the first time is set in 1920s Oklahoma and follows the FBI investigation into the mysterious murders of the Osage tribe at that time.
The first reviews have landed giving Killer of the Flower Moon 95 per cent positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, showering the film with praise.
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London Evening Standard
Killers of the Flower Moon suggests filmmakers should keep on keeping on. I’d even put my cowboy boot on the line and declare this one of the best Westerns ever made and almost certainly the best film of 2023 so far.
De Niro is magnificently unsettling in the film — it might be the best work he’s done with Scorsese since Goodfellas — but the emotional powerhouses are DiCaprio and Gladstone.
The Hollywood Reporter
The three-and-a-half-hour running time is fully justified in an escalating tragedy that never loosens its grip — a sordid illustration of historical erasure with echoes in today’s bitterly divisive political gamesmanship.
[A picture] brimming with reverence for a culture that survived a horrible trauma as it is filled with exhilarating flourishes, film history references, and explorations of the faultline between the sacred and profane. And yes: It’s a masterpiece.
This is an utterly absorbing film, a story that Scorsese sees as a secret history of American power, a hidden violence epidemic polluting the water table of humanity.
Killers Of The Flower Moon is a landmark motion picture achievement, if only for the care and handling of how it tells the story of the Osage Nation.
In its present form, “Killers” is still a compelling true story… It’s engrossing from the get-go, the palpable tension methodically echoed by Robbie Robertson’s steady-heartbeat score. But it keeps going and going.
Those heading to a Martin Scorsese movie looking for the electric verve of so many of his past films may initially be disappointed. But as Killers of the Flower Moon seeps in, it shocks, resounds, and haunts.
The triple-threat combo of Scorsese, DiCaprio and De Niro, obviously the movie’s main selling point, also comes to feel like its central distraction. Gladstone’s performance… goes a long way toward keep this dynamic in check.
Killers of the Flower Moon will be released in select cinemas on October 6, 2023 before heading to Apple TV+ on October 20, 2023.