Martin Scorsese’s newest film Killers of the Flower Moon had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend and the early reviews of the movie are largely stellar. At the time of this publication, Killers of the Flower Moon has a 97% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes after 32 reviews.
Based on the novel of the same name, Killers of the Flower Moon tells the sprawling tale of the mysterious murders of the oil-wealthy Osage nation back in 1920s Oklahoma.
Killers of the Flower Moon is also a landmark film for Scorsese, as it marks the tenth time he’s directed Robert De Niro and the sixth time he’s worked with Leonardo DiCaprio.
While most of the interviews point out the project’s bloated runtime, it seems that Scorsese’s excellence ultimately justifies the film clocking in at almost three-and-a-half hours long.
“Sprawling across the screen for 206 minutes, “Killers” tests our patience but more than earns its keep as a prestige film sure to figure prominently in the next Oscar race,” says the Toronto Star.
“Clocking in at close to 3½ hours, Killers of the Flower Moon rates high in the 21st-century Scorsese canon, but it asks its viewers for substantial patience,” reviewed The Irish Times.
“Those heading to a Martin Scorsese movie looking for the electric verve of so many of his past films may initially be disappointed. But as Killers of the Flower Moon seeps in, it shocks, resounds, and haunts,” claims Vanity Fair.
“De Niro is magnificently unsettling in the film — it might be the best work he’s done with Scorsese since Goodfellas — but the emotional powerhouses are DiCaprio and Gladstone,” writes The Atlantic.
Killers of the Flower Moon stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, Lily Gladstone, and John Lithgow, and will hit theaters in the United States on October 20 before releasing on AppleTV+ about a month or so later.
Check out the official teaser trailer for Killers of the Flower Moon below: