In a Valley of Violence (2015)
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I'd be into a sequel. Sure the dialog isn't reflective of the time, and the acting is a bit tongue in cheek, but it's an honest effort at a modern western. Gimme more.
Could have been better. He tried for the whole Spaghetti Western revenge killing thing, but put the back story a half of the movie. Spaghetti Western's usually work by having an amoral character change sides several times while trying to work out a singular goal that transcends all of the betrayals (money, revenge, etc). The "hero" in a SW usually benefits from not having an overly developed reason for his revenge or delving into his past. On this level the SW format is a lot like the hardboiled detective format of the 30s and 40s.
I'm a big Ti West fan, but the slow burn approach doesn't work for this genre. It was OK.
This movie jumps from deadly serious to laughably absurd but never strikes an effective balance. The acting was also abysmal. A waste of time.
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