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The Rider - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

The Rider - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews

Black Barney     
 
4.5
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 In a word, authentic. They pull off something here that Clint Eastwood just can't seem to nail (using non-actors to make it feel real). It makes for a pretty emotional and highly engaging film.

Similar in many ways to The Wrestler, but instead of a daughter who doesn't need him, you have a sister who very much does need him.

The cinematography is off the charts, reminding me of Legends of the Fall, Brokeback Mountain, Dances with Wolves and just a smidgen of Hell or High Water. (the various movie studios pay me $0.25 for each time I name drop one of their movies in these reviews which are read by dozens upon dozens). 

Putting these three specific leads into this story was surely a risky experiment but it totally pays off. Everything feels as real as it gets. It will tug on each string that holds your heart in place.

I cannot WAIT to see more from director and screenwriter Chloe Zhao. Movies live and die much more by the talent of the director/screenwriter, rather than the efforts of the cast, and it will be very apparent here that she is someone of remarkable talent.

Wonderful movie.

Heart rating: 5 stars (you betcha)

Brain rating: 4 stars (there are still some surprises, but I was often worried I was going to be able to predict the entire movie)

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Patrick "Barney" Sullivan is a divorced father of one beautiful girl who he drags to the movies whenever he can, searching for the perfect family flick. Here, he writes movie reviews for us whenever he can but word to the wise.... Michael Barnes was heard saying once that Barney is « mostly wrong about everything » and that’s probably not far off. If you end up loving one of the films he points you too, be sure to let him know. It’s a thrill for him as he desperately needs validation.

    

The Rider - Barney's Incorrect Five Second Reviews There Will Be Games

Editor rating

(Updated: May 16, 2018)
Black Barney
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Heart 
 
5.0
Brain 
 
4.0

Summary

Movie Title
The Rider

In a word, authentic. They pull off something here that Clint Eastwood just can't seem to nail (using non-actors to make it feel real). It makes for a pretty emotional and highly engaging film.

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