Allusions to classic westerns abound in this impressive 2017 South African drama.
BY: JOE LEYDON
Editor’s Note: Throughout March and April, we’re celebrating Great Westerns of the 21st century — noteworthy movies and TV series with special appeal to C&I readers that have premiered since 2001. Check the Entertainment tab Monday through Friday to see a different recommendation by C&I senior writer Joe Leydon. And be on the lookout for our upcoming May/June 2020 print edition, which prominently features the legendary star who looms large in two of this century’s very best westerns.
An audaciously imaginative mashup of Spaghetti Western elements and post-Apartheid South African melodrama, Five Fingers for Marseilles is an impressively effective and engrossing cross-cultural hybrid. As I noted in my Variety review filed from the 2017 Fantastic Fest in Austin: “Director Michael Matthews and scripter Sean Drummond skillfully employ recycled genre elements to enhance the mythic qualities of their slow-burn narrative and reinforce the underlying sense that their archetypical characters are fulfilling destinies as inescapable as the fates that might befall major players in a conventional Wild West saga.” Read Full Article