In early 20th-century Montana, Col. William Ludlow lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan, Alfred and Samuel. Eventually, the unconventional but close-knit family encounters tragedy when Samuel is killed in World War I. Tristan and Alfred survive their tours of duty, but, soon after they return home, both men fall for Samuel's gorgeous fiancée, Susannah, and their intense rivalry begins to destroy the family. Written by
I found just about every aspect of the movie poor and deplorable (except
a superb cinematography, to be fair). The acting is quite pathetic and
embarrassing at times. The whole movie seems to gravitate towards
poses of Brad Pitt with the sunshine through his hair and the wonderful
Montana woods in the background, like in a bad shampoo commercial.
The character played by Julia Ormond is simply unbelievable! She is
to be in the 1910s, yet she behaves like a very promiscuous 90s woman. If
the movie had any grasp on historical realism, this woman should have been
ostracized from society, end up as an outcast. Instead, she jumps from bed
to bed in her fiancee's house like there's no tomorrow, and nobody seems
be bothered about it!
The screenwriters add some characters to the story for the sole purpose to
be killed and make our "heroes" look sad and puppy-eyed. Literally!
Otherwise someone please explain to me the character of Isabel in the
She doesn't even have two decent lines in the script!
The worst element of the movie was the incredible amount of historical
mistakes or anachronisms. There were too many to let you concentrate in
excuse for a plot. I'm a great enthusiast of movies that try to reflect an
era, and pay lots of attention to every detail. The erroneous details were
so numerous that I would burst in laughter at times. And this movie was
by the director of a movie like "Glory"!
From the way they talk, to their apparel, to the tools they use, to every
other detail, the movie as bad as "Titanic" as far as historical accuracy
To illustrate with an example, at a point in the movie Susannah -Julia
Ormond- pulls a portable photo reflex-camera on a tripod and takes
pictures of the brothers in the Montana landscape... They are supposed to
in the 1910s-1920s! Cameras were as big as a TV set! And portable reflex
cameras were not available as consumer products until the 1950s! Anyone
knows a bit about photography probably caught that major
The movie is so plagued with goofs that makes it difficult for a serious
movie-goer to concentrate on the story. I guess they really made the movie
with one thing in mind: milking the cash out of those teenage fans of
There's no other explanation for this awful flick.
Please avoid this movie at all costs if you don't like 3 hour- long
commercials with very, very bad plots. You have been warned... unless of
course you are a hardcore fan of Brad.
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