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Very often, a movie has a great moment, the moment you remember and talk about, the moment that is shown over and over whenever the movie is promoted by a streaming service.

“You can’t handle the truth!” “I’ll have what she’s having.” “Hee-ee-re’s Johnny!”

Offhand, it’s hard to come up with such a moment in “Killers of the Flower Moon.” However, while sitting through the 3 hour 26 minute movie I looked around at the audience and noticed their rapt silence and attention.

I knew that I was seeing a great movie.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is based on the 2017 nonfiction book by David Grann. It tackles the subject of the systematic assassinations of members of the Osage tribe in order to get control of their land and oil resources.

Marriage is a sacred and intimate act and the love between Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Burkhart (Lily Gladstone) seems so real that you think Ernest will eventually stand up to his uncle “King” Bill Hale (Robert de Niro) and stop poisoning his wife and murdering her family members.

The sheer cold-bloodedness of the process of marriage and murder for profit makes the viewer too angry for tears.

The full title of the novel is “Killers of the Osage Moon, The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.”

The filmmakers chose not to emphasize the role of Agent Tom White (Jesse Plemons), but the viewer is relieved to see someone who is not under the thrall of King show up and bring at least some of the murderers to justice.

Although the movie producers consulted the Osage Nation, some critics say “Killers of the Flower Moon” doesn’t go far enough in presenting indigenous people as fully rounded characters.

It’s my hope that the movie will inspire films that allow indigenous people to tell their own stories through producing, acting, writing and directing.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent


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