News Exploring "Killers of the Flower Moon": A Cinematic Masterpiece
Exploring "Killers of the Flower Moon": A Cinematic Masterpiece
'Killers of the Flower Moon' is a highly anticipated American epic Western crime drama film directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese. The screenplay was co-written by Scorsese and Eric Roth, based on the gripping 2017 non-fiction book of the same name by David Grann. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Oklahoma, the film delves into a series of gruesome murders of Osage tribe members and their relations in the Osage Nation, a tragic tale woven into the unfolding of the oil industry on tribal land. The Osage people's mineral rights, retained on their reservation, led to their sudden wealth, drawing the attention of those seeking to exploit their resources.
With a stellar cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone, 'Killers of the Flower Moon' promises to be a cinematic masterpiece. This film marks the sixth collaboration between Scorsese and DiCaprio and the tenth between Scorsese and De Niro. Additionally, it is the eleventh and final collaboration between Scorsese and composer Robbie Robertson, who passed away two months before the film's release, making the film a heartfelt dedication to his memory.
The journey of 'Killers of the Flower Moon' began in March 2016 when Imperative Entertainment secured the film adaptation rights to David Grann's book. The prospect of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio being attached to the film arose in 2017, with production initially expected to commence in early 2018. However, several delays, including those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, pushed the production schedule. Finally, in February 2021, it was confirmed that
Apple TV+ would provide financing and distribution alongside Paramount Pictures.
Principal photography took place in Osage and Washington counties, Oklahoma, between April and October 2021. Notably, the film's $200 million budget was reported as the largest ever spent on a film shoot in the state of Oklahoma.
Premiere and Release:
'Killers of the Flower Moon' had its grand debut at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2023. This historical event marked the film's entry onto the global stage, where it received accolades and a standing ovation. Subsequently, the film made its way to the United States, premiering on September 27, 2023, at Lincoln Center in New York City. The film's theatrical release was originally set for October 6, 2023, in select theaters, followed by a wider release on October 20, 2023. The film is to be streamed on
Apple TV+ post its theatrical run.
Interestingly, the film has also found its place in IMAX theaters, promising a larger-than-life cinematic experience. 'Killers of the Flower Moon' has drawn the attention of audiences worldwide, eagerly awaiting its arrival.
The film takes us back to the early 20th century, as Osage tribe members discover oil on their land, leading to newfound wealth due to retained mineral rights. However, the dark underbelly of greed and conspiracy unravels as several wealthy Osage are targeted for murder. The story revolves around the character Ernest Burkhart, played by DiCaprio, who becomes entangled in a sinister plot orchestrated by his uncle William King Hale, portrayed by De Niro.
As the murder spree continues, the Osage people find themselves in a precarious situation, leading to suspicion and fear. Against the backdrop of historical events such as the 1921 Tulsa race riot, the Osage people's plight becomes increasingly dire. The film delves into the investigation led by BOI Agent Tom White, portrayed by Jesse Plemons, and the challenging quest for justice.
Cast and Performances:
The film boasts a remarkable ensemble cast, with standout performances from the lead actors. Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of Ernest Burkhart is sure to captivate audiences with his compelling and multifaceted character. Robert De Niro's role as the conniving William King Hale adds depth and intensity to the storyline, while Lily Gladstone's performance as Mollie Kyle brings a poignant and emotional dimension to the narrative.
The supporting cast, including Tantoo Cardinal, John Lithgow, Brendan Fraser, and Jesse Plemons, delivers outstanding performances that enhance the film's narrative and bring the historical characters to life.
Production and Filming:
'Killers of the Flower Moon' underwent an extensive pre-production phase, with Paramount Pictures initially set to distribute the film. The film's production journey took a turn when
Apple TV+ joined as a co-financier and co-distributor, leading to the preservation of the film's ambitious vision.
Filming commenced in April 2021, taking place in Osage County and Washington County, Oklahoma. The production team worked diligently to create an authentic portrayal of the events, with the support and collaboration of the Osage Nation.
Post-Production and Music:
Industrial Light & Magic, along with visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman, played a pivotal role in enhancing the film's visual effects, ensuring a seamless and immersive viewing experience. The film's score, composed by Robbie Robertson, added an evocative and emotional layer to the storytelling. With a blend of traditional Native American songs and popular music from the 1920s, the film's soundtrack is bound to leave a lasting impact.
Critical Acclaim and Box Office Success:
'Killers of the Flower Moon' has garnered critical acclaim, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93% and a Metacritic rating of 89, indicating universal acclaim. Audiences have also responded positively to the film, with CinemaScore giving it an 'A-' rating.
The film's box office success is notable, with a global gross of over $119 million as of November 2023. Its strong opening weekend performance and sustained audience interest have made it a commercial triumph.
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