First Cow

First Cow

DVD - 2020
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MPAA rating: PG-13; for brief strong language.
A loner and cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds a connection with Chinese immigrants. The men collaborate on business, although its longevity is reliant upon the participation of a wealthy landowner's prized milking cow.

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dgriker29
Nov 25, 2020

Kelly Reichart is an interesting director. She studies the slow moments of life. This film captures the lives of two characters in Oregon in the 1800's. Life was much slower and more attuned to nature. The pacing and scene-setting of the film illustrates how lives were different then. The ending is a sweet and touching moment. I, too, recommend watching the Special Feature about the making of the film.

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Nov 22, 2020

This isn't THE worst movie ever made, but it's definitely down among the worst. There are countless scenes of literally NOTHING on the screen but a boring, empty field, or a man's shoes while he's walking, or his head while he's walking. And he's going NOWHERE. But after he's left the scene completely, the viewer spends an eternity staring at the empty field all over again. SO many scenes where NOTHING happens, even when people are involved. They're not doing anything. And then there are the many repetitive scenes in which people today are doing the same boring thing they did the day before and the day before that. The entire mess that passes for a movie is shot on a camera by someone who has no clue how to make a movie. I suppose that is more the fault of the director, but it shows up in incredibly shoddy film work. What an enormous waste in every way.

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Rom72
Nov 20, 2020

This is a slow-moving cautionary tale with a surprising amount of suspense. Those looking for lots of action, give this film a pass and save yourself some time and disappointment. For those willing to savor the marvelous Oregon stage and the tension surrounding the two men and the cow, you will be rewarded. Be sure to watch the extra that describes the making of the film.

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