Release date: August 16, 2013
Running time: 105 minutes
Starring: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
Who to see it with: Someone looking for a complex story or fans of The Assassination of Jesse James
The movie is set in Texas and the cinematographer definitely made the most out of it. The cinematography is beautiful, with serene Texas landscapes in many of the shots and a great use of lighting to highlight beauty and hint to the audience of some impending dread. Helping this along is some great background music. There are very few quiet scenes; the scenes without dialog are accompanied by some great atmospheric mood music. A strumming banjo, a guitar, a piano, some violins, a cello; all are used to set the mood of the film.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints has a slow, complex story. Similar to The Assassination of Jesse James, the movie moves at a determined but plodding pace. Some viewers might be turned off by this but, although the story slows down at times, it doesn't feel like it stalls. It might not be a movie for everyone, but it is refreshing to see a director able to tell an interesting, complicated story with few Hollywood frills. This movie stands on solid writing, great performances, and an involved story that doesn't spoon feed its audience (and even leaves some holes unplugged). It's a refreshing, interesting movie that, while not for everyone, is an enjoyable experience.