jhphrydas commented :
The Ballad of Lefty Brown I love an underdog–who doesn’t? With The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Jared Moshe gives the audience a chance to revel in what happens when a bumbling sidekick (expertly played by Bill Pullman) loses his left-hand man (Peter Fonda) and is compelled by love and honor to take revenge. The cinematography is gorgeous–think Andrew Wyeth landscapes at sunset–and the mood of the film remains true to its genre: pensive, a bit wild, and ripplingly tense.
The film succeeds most when it juxtaposes Lefty’s incompetence with his determination. Lefty doesn’t take action with grace and style like so many other Western heroes–It’s just not in his nature. Even his friends think he’s too incompetent to manage a ranch let alone outsmart some highly capable bad guys. Lucky for us, his tenacity reveals strength within a love that compels him to do what everyone around him thinks impossible.
As the film progresses, our desire to see Lefty “win” takes on a deeper meaning. Not only do we want him to succeed because justice is pleasurable to witness–Lefty’s success is also proof that courage comes in all packages and that true grit reveals its own type of grace, one that is often overlooked when we dismiss those at the bottom of the pecking order.
The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a meditation on what happens if we stop worrying about our flaws and instead explore how we can work with them. Who knows, maybe one of our weaknesses could come in handy some day…
BasicLogic commented :
What a pain in the neck to watch this pretentious deadbeat going-nowhere Western. Is this film trying to tell a story of how the last breed of the old cowboys were gradually faded into history, and the last one was a limping stand-up comedian? You must be senile like Lefty Brown to appreciate and enjoy his non-stop gibberish murmuring talking to himself.
The screenplay was so weak and awkward that really needed your patience to watch in a senior community’s apartment. If you are too old to travel outdoor, watch this film to enjoy some beautiful wildness of the west. There’s nothing worths complimenting.
The only thing that made me think during watching this boring western was it seemed that white people were more tolerate to the black folks and they were allowed to sit together with the white folks and eating chows with them. Were the blacks not allowed to drink the fountain only for the whites, they must sitting in the back of the bus, must only attended the schools for the blacks….even during the early WWII, the black soldiers were only allowed to serve in the black regiments. What a funny scene that a black hired hand could sit together with other cowboys to enjoy chows, telling jokes and laughing out-loud with the white folks.