Taking place in the 1920’s among the Osage tribe in the U.S. many members of the tribe are suddenly turning up dead. Why? Well, their land is worth millions due to the abundance of oil underground.
Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) decides to visit his Uncle William Hale (Robert De Niro) who happens to be sheriff in those lands and loved by many including the Indians. Ernest shows up to work for his uncle but his uncle has other plans. He thought the best way for the white men to achieve the rights to the Indian land and make money on the oil is to marry their women. Ernest who started driving Mollie (Lily Gladstone) around town has seemed to take a liking to her. Uncle Hale is pleased as is Ernest’s brother Byron (Scott Shepherd) both are spending the money before they even have it.
Ernest one day decides to ask Mollie to marry him and eventually she accepts but soon thereafter her relatives and friends were suddenly dying and Mollie herself has taken ill. No one is sure what is happening, even the sheriff has no idea but when things start to get even worse the President of the United States decides to send in the FBI to uncover what is going on in the Osage tribe.
The film is very long which is typical Scorsese but I must say I did not check my watch until ten minutes before the ending. The story is so well written and the film is brilliantly directed that time is not much of an issue. Grant it for some this story may not work but if you want an exceptional story with some superb acting then this film is for you. Actually, at three and half hours long you definitely get your monies worth. I believe you will be hearing this film mentioned at Oscar time.
DiCaprio deserves a nomination for this film and at this point probably the win. De Niro is superb as always as is Gladstone but it is the supporting actors that bring the side stories in to make this film so golden. There are a few cameos by some well-known actors for a great story that needed to be told, a beautiful western back-drop with a nice score and this story comes to life on the big screen. There are a number of horses used in the film along with some other animals but they take a back seat to he brilliant actors in this story.