Western : In a Valley of Violence (2016)

In a Valley of Violence (2016)

In a Valley of Violence

Writer, producer and director Ti West makes his first western (though not his first film) with this one, which for many seems to have slipped under the radar. Ethan Hawke plays Paul, a revenger with a past, whose most pressing motivation appears to have been at least partly inspired by John Wick while the film also makes affectionate nod to Italian models. Other members of the cast include John Travolta, playing a Marshall with a false leg.

Straight from the pre-titles opening scene, Western fans can relax back in their saddles and say to themselves 'this is how it is done!' as Ti West finds just the right balance between homage, tension, and saying something fresh. Hawke's anti-hero is a complex creation while Travolta's idiosyncratic character works well in a film which, never the less, does occasionally veer too abruptly in tone between the light-hearted and the violent. As a western maker, a director like Tarantino could take a lesson in something which he seems to have forgotten of the merits of stripped-down B movie making, buoyed up by some interesting dialogue, from this. Critics have rightly pointed out that there are one or two weaker performers further down the cast list, but this is not a major distraction and ultimately the result gets a strong recommendation from me. Great score, too.


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Nice review man. It's in my watchlist. Will check out soon.

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Checked out the trailer on youtube and it's actually shot in proper colour for a change. Great I hadn't heard of that one thanks.

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Verily I say unto thee..excellent western, I highly recommend it.

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I just bought this a few days ago and watched it yesterday. I didn't think it was great, but it was definitely watchable and enjoyable. I was worried Travolta might ham it up a little too much, as he's apt to, but he did a pretty good job and the director doesn't appear to have taken himself too seriously, evident from the opening titles.

I did see similarities between this and thought of First Blood when I was watching it, then noted in the trivia on here that it was influenced by it.

It seems to have had mixed reviews, but I think it's worth checking out. It's probably in reality a 6, but given the dearth of really good Westerns in recent times, I'll throw it a 7.

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And the blacks haven't bitched about this film? No black stars or Samuel L Jackson in it? Wow! I need to see this western then :)

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I too enjoyed IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCe FilmFlaneur. It's a solid 7/10. Ethan Hawke is wonderful, Travolta is good, and that dog was fecking amazing.