news culture Netflix: 8 Westerns to make you love the genre
A desire for films with badass cowboys, but brought up to date? JV’s editorial staff today offers you a selection of 8 films and series in the Western genre, enough to make you want epic rides in the Great Wild West.
- Django Unchained
- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
- The mission
- The Harder They Fall
- The Power of the Dog
- the Revenant
What better way to start this selection than a modern Western classic? Django Unchained, directed by the famous Quentin Tarantino, offers a cast that could only be flamboyant. Jamie Foxx plays the determined Django, a slave whose goal is to find his wife Broomhilda following their separation during the slave trade. He then meets a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) who offers him freedom in exchange for capturing the Brittle brothers. Django Unchained, released in 2013, is a film punctuated by sharp pen exchanges and the violence that emanates from the intersecting stories of the characters.
We cross the North American border, and we head for the vast and cold, cold and vast lands of Canada. Series frontier, launched in 2016 and produced by Brad Peyton, consists of 18 episodes retracing the story of Declan Harp, an outlaw from an indigenous nation, the Cree. Activist to end the control of the fur trade by the Hudson’s Bay Company based on Canadian lands, Declan Harp will survive a hostile environment and try to obtain a part of this lucrative market. The famous Jason Momoa plays the main character here. The actor is best known for his role as Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe and the upcoming one in Fast & Furious X.
- All about frontier on AlloCine.
We stay on the American continent, but head for the New Mexico region. Frank Griffin, played by Jeff Daniels, sets out in 1880 to find his great rival and ex-partner, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell). Unfortunately for him, his enemy is found in La Belle, a town run entirely by women following the tragic deaths of all men in a mining accident. Godless is a mini-series in 7 episodes that has nothing to envy to the greatest films of the genre. She even won 3 awards including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Released in 2017 on Netflix, the series appropriates the codes of Westerb by highlighting not only men, but also women.
- All about Godless on AlloCine.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The films of the Coen brothers are awaited by moviegoers, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was no exception to the rule when it was released in 2018. This anthology western, directed by siblings of directors and composed of six parts, features some of the most epic (or most incredible) legends born in the world. American Wild West. Moving easily from burlesque to melancholy, the series oscillates perfectly between genres and tones, and devotes each “part” to a different story, all more pleasant to discover.
In the 1870s, former Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a public reporter, criss-crossed cities and countryside to inform the populace about the latest news. During one of his performances, he meets Johanna (Helena Zengel), a 10-year-old child, once captured and raised for several years by the Kiowa tribe. Jefferson Kyle Kidd then sets himself the goal of taking her to his family. The missionreleased in 2020 and directed by Paul Greengrass, brings to the fore an authentic Tom Hanks at the heart of a Western that is just as authentic.
- All about The mission on AlloCine.
The Harder They Fall
Although most Westerns boil down to a quest for revenge and a succession of deadly confrontations between European immigrants, the cinema very often forgets the presence of African-Americans in the History of the United States, and more particularly of the Great West. . Jeymes Samuel thus shakes up the Western world by offering a cast that is predominantly African-American. We find the outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) facing Rufus Buck (Idris Elba), a gang leader who escaped from prison. Released in October 2021, The Harder They Fall offers an illustrious story carried by a high-flying cast.
The Power of the Dog
After the success of Bright Star, the director of The Piano Lesson Jane Campion offers us in November 2021 her personal vision of the Western with The Power of the Dog. Benedict Cumberbatch, the famous Doctor Strange of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), dons the hat of Phil Burbank, a cowboy at the head of the largest ranch in the Montana Valley with his brother George (Jesse Plemons). While the latter secretly marries a young widow named Rose (Kirsten Dunst), Phil sees a greedy woman there, only attracted by money. He then takes the heavy decision to separate them, using in particular his son (Peter Koti Smit-McPhee).
We started this selection with a film with Dicaprio. How about ending it the same way? The American actor now finds himself in 1823 in the heart of a hostile and savage America. During a hunt, trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo Dicaprio) is attacked by a brown bear and left for dead by his teammates. Traveling several tens of kilometers in extreme cold and seriously injured, he will have to draw deep within himself in the hope of returning to his wife and son. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and released in 2016, the Revenant is based on the Oscar-winning performance of a Leonardo Dicaprio driven by the desire to survive and seek revenge.