The story of teenager Rio, who becomes an unwitting witness to the bloody war between legendary Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid Kid and violent sheriff Pat Garrett.
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My sincere love of the genre has always been and always will be a stumbling block to a more or less objective evaluation of westerns. I’m willing to enjoy any mediocre work as long as it involves the Old West, and the scheme doesn’t just apply to action films. Imagine my disappointment when the hotly anticipated The Kid managed to break the aforementioned love barrier and make me hate almost every episode of this movie.
How many great actors does it take to screw in a light bulb? Zero, because a bad actor can spin a light bulb. And how many great actors does it take to flush their characters down the drain? I think you see where this is going. When you have the gorgeous Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Dane DeHaan at your disposal, it’s time to give the lead in the story to the absolutely anti-charismatic and hollow Jake Shure. Who’s that? What is this? Why is the entire script built around his character, but the character himself (as well as the actor) manages to evoke exclusively negative emotions? So many questions, my ass.
The movie is not a full-fledged action movie (not much shooting and fighting), it is not a full-fledged drama, but it is a real adventure. And when Dane DeHaan and Ethan Hawke were in the frame, and the camera didn’t take Jake’s face in the lens (a must), it was a bit of an adventure to watch. And even though the dialogue is far from Tarantino-level, I could find something good in the story. But the movie says “good bit by bit” and after a certain summing up of everything, it leaves one empty. Many of the vital elements of westerns aren’t shown to good effect, even the classic duel turned out to be a spit in the audience’s face. By the way, D’Onofrio’s lack of proper directing experience has an impact, as the film is edited and shot very mediocrely in places.
I cannot help but speak out about the role of Chris Pratt. The main villain, yes, but how long is he in the frame? Two minutes? Three minutes? FIVE?! Surprised to see such a great attempt to throw the main villain intrigue into the trash.
The funny thing is, our town shows one show of The Kid a day, so it was a challenge to get to see it. It was even more of a challenge to endure the picture until the end. Of course, I was immensely frustrated, and if you love the genre as much as I do, you’ll want to fix all the obvious flaws in the film while watching it yourself. For example, burn the hell out of the script and cut the main character arc completely in the new version. Your expectations are your problems, so when you decide to watch it, don’t expect a good western.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (59.0 Mb/s)
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, Spanish.