Wind River Review

Wind River is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, who wrote Oscar nominated Hell or High Water and Sicario, so naturally I had high expectations for his next film and this time he was going to direct, which he hadn’t for the other two big successes.

Wind River follows the events after a hunter, played by Jeremy Renner, finds a dead body in the middle of the edge of a snowy forest, miles away from the nearest building. An FBI Agent, played by Elizabeth Olsen, is sent to investigate as it looks to be a murder case.

Something about the trailer and the buzz I had heard about the film online got me really excited to see the film and it became a must see. To me it didn’t disappoint. Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen both really impressed and gave great performances, arguably the best performances of their careers so far. Jeremy Renner has acted in a lot of action films and I just got used to him doing those sort of roles which we know he can do, but this role pushes him as an actor and shows that he definitely has great talent and I would love to him be in different genres and continue to prove himself. Elizabeth Olsen is relatively new to the acting world but was given chances in big films such as Godzilla, as well as portraying the Scarlet Witch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I am aware that she has received some negative response to her roles in those films but again I think this proves that she definitely has talent. Both Renner and Olsen could definitely be nominated for Oscars for their performances, with Renner perhaps the more likely.

I really liked the use of snow. It really made me realise that we don’t enough films that use snow as we should. It creates a great canvas and looks great with the right cinematography, which this film definitely has. I also give a lot credit to Taylor Sheridan, this is only the second time he has directed a film, he clearly had a set vision when he was writing the film and puts it across beautifully.

This film could definitely be argued that is a slow burn. I agree, it is slow, which is why I recommend seeing the film in cinema, so you can stay properly focused on the film, without checking your phone or talking to the person next to you or pausing it, however you could say the same for most films, (unless it’s a Netflix original).

Overall, I really enjoyed Wind River, it jump straight into my Top 10 films of the year so far and I really hope it gets the attention it deserves from audiences and when it comes to award season.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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