The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (2010) Dwight Yoakam, Lizzy Caplan, Jon Foster, Cote de Pablo Movie Review

The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (2010)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Lizzy Caplan in The Last Rites of Ransom Pride (2010)

The West Was Never Like This

When Ransom Pride (Scott Speedman) is killed, his woman, Juliette Flowers (Lizzy Caplan), sets out to complete a promise to him and brings his body back home to bury him. But things don't go as planned and finds herself duping Ransom's brother to go with her with a plan of handing him over in exchange for Ransom's body. But between Ransom's father, some hired gunmen and those holding Ransom's dead body to ransom things are going to get messy.

When I sat down to watch "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride" a second time I did so reluctantly as I know I had tried to watch it before and was convinced that I had already reviewed it. I say reluctantly as it was a miserable experience the first time I tried to watch it and it got no better the second time around. Although it made it easier to make sense of when you have watched it once already although I wouldn't advise watching it in the first place.

Now to be fair the storyline has some potential, a gun toting girlfriend willing to do anything to keep a promise to her late loved one could have turned into a gritty, action packed western. But nope what we get in "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride" is an array of quirky characters, some played by some famous faces, and then a director who can't stop themselves with strange cuts and edits. It makes this one of those movies where the directors style ends up dominating the movie and making it suffer because of it.

What this all boils down to is that "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride" is shall we say an experimental western which is filled full of curious characters and curious creative ideas and edits. It wasn't for me and found it a painful experience but I am sure anyone who likes movies which try their best to be different and artistic might get something from it.