Killers of the Flower Moon

In the 1920’s tribal members of the Osage nation in Oklahoma had the fortune and misfortune of finding oil on their land; a success that would make some of them the wealthiest people in North America but also a highly targeted group just the same. For Osage member Mollie (Lily Gladstone) long time friend of the tribe, William Hale (Robert De Niro) and his Nephew, Ernest (Leonardo DiCaprio) good guidance and support might be found; then again, the power of greed has the strength to corrupt all, so who exactly can be trusted? Perhaps this would be a matter best left to the newly formed F.B.I., agent White (Jesse Plemons) and crew? Killers of the Flower MoonBased on true events, written by Eric Roth, Martin Scorsese, and David Grann, and Directed by Scorsese, this juggernaut of endurance marks the 10th time Scorsese and De Niro have paired up and the 6th time DiCaprio and Scorsese have collaborated, by now it’s hard to imagine there’s much mystery in each other’s process which makes for easy chemistry overall, and, in the always present and familiar Scorsese territory of corruption, this period piece is precision crafted to creep under the viewer’s skin and expose yet another ugly truth to be learned in America’s history. Meanwhile, the beefy runtime of three hours and twenty six minutes is notable and daunting, but, it’s also hard to fathom what could actually stand to be cut from the piece for brevity. End result, a discussion piece with plenty to consider regarding motives, actions, grievances and otherwise post viewing. Worthy of your time with strong performances in all departments, Killers of the Flower Moon is rated R.