Review: In a Valley of Violence (2016)


A Western starring Ethan Hawke and John Travolta. It’s not perfect, but God, when it works, it works.

Here’s my review at Ebert.

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6 Responses to Review: In a Valley of Violence (2016)

  1. mutecypher says:

    You had me at the reference to Face/Off. I’ll have to track this down.

    Speaking of semi-recent westerns, did you ever see Bone Tomahawk? I know you love some Kurt.

    • sheila says:

      No, haven’t seen it.

      Yeah, this movie is very entertaining. Especially the final sequence. Super violent. But really good script. And Travolta and Hawke are great!

  2. mutecypher says:

    Saw this last night. Enjoyed it. Abbie was a great dog!

    Travolta and Hawke were just excellent together. I liked the priest. The actor, Burn Gorman, looked familiar and I saw that he’s been in a couple of GdT movies. I also Taissa Farmiga. I wonder if Mary Anne and Paul got together afterwards. If Paul had shown any forgiveness toward the guys who wronged him, I would think it was possible. But I’m leaning toward him moving on after he heals up.

    • sheila says:

      The whole thing between Travolta and his deputy – “stop calling me Tubby” – and Travolta having to deal with that …

      God, he’s good. Have you seen the OJ mini series yet? I had PTSD flashbacks -maybe we’ve discussed already, can’t remember. Travolta was superb. He’s always been a favorite of mine.

      • sheila says:

        and so glad you saw it! It’s getting some pretty bad reviews. But I thought it was very stupid and entertaining.

      • mutecypher says:

        //“stop calling me Tubby”//

        That was just insanely funny! And Travolta trying to soothe him over, to buck the guy up to go out and essentially be a target! “That’s just my biology.” A great line.

        Haven’t seen the OJ series. I know you’ve written good things about it, but I just don’t want to re-live that. Maybe at some later point.

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