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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Nobody is beyond redemption.
When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo), in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and exhumes Estrada's corpse, and the odd caravan sets out on horseback for Mexico. As Estrada's body begins to rot, Norton begins to unravel, but Perkins remains determined to honor his vow.
What was it that Yogi Berra said again?
Just over 24 hours after the clumsy political messages wrapped up in a dreary crime drama that was Killing Them Softly, here comes The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. It's no less unsubtle with its message but, thankfully, has an engaging drama with more than a hint of western revisionism at its heart. Its problems almost derail it, though.
It's a shame that Tommy Lee Jones couldn't reign in the messages about illegal immigration because they really do drag his film down quite considerably. Watching Barry Pepper battering a couple of Mexicans that have tried to cross the border serves no purpose other than to ask, "Look at these innocent Mexicans being…
Tommy Lee Jones’ first, and so far only venture into the director’s chair is the work of filmmaking maturity. Perfect pacing and beautiful location shooting, capturing Texas in all its sundrenched glory and despair, Three Burials is a modern western, a story of loneliness, revenge, redemption, and friendship. After Estrada (Julio Cedillo) is accidently shot dead by a Border Controlman, his friend, a modern cowboy played by Lee Jones captures his killer and forces him on a bizarre trek by foot and by horse with the corpse to Mexico to give his friend the burial he wanted. Proving he is also a fine director of actors, Jones brings out marvellous performances from all involved; one can only hope he gets the directors bug soon again
Tommy Lee Jones has an impressive first outing as director in this modern western about a man trying to find some peace and justice for his friend who was thoughtlessly gunned down by a callous young border patrolman. Beginning in a fractured non-linear fashion that doesn't work all that well, the film soon settles into a solid story in which Jones' character kidnaps the border patrolman (Barry Pepper, who always seems to put everything he's got into his performances) in order to return Melquiades to Mexico for his third and final burial. Futility doesn't matter when you know what's right, and we see that Pete's stubborn persistence becomes less about justice and doing the honorable thing than about his own…
I saw rave reviews for this in film magazines and the internet alike. I just never got around to watching this film...until today.
Following the death of a Mexican Cowboy Tommy Lee Jones sets out on a journey to find the murderer of his friend and give him the burial he deserves. A beautiful premise and the final two thirds of this film shows just how beautiful this story is when looking at friendship, loss, forgiveness and the grieving process. What does let this film down is the first third. It feels like the film attempts to do too much by intertwining all the characters you see on screen but doing an extremely poor job of it which detracts from…
My opening-weekend review is published at Looking Closer.
For decades, viewers have marveled at the deeply engraved face of actor Tommy Lee Jones. Seeing his directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, it all makes sense. You’d have extravagant furrows in your brow too if your imagination lived in territory like this.
Jones’ movie was fashioned in a way that clearly reflects the influence of Flannery O’Connor on his imagination. He wrote his dissertation on that great Southern writer, and there are echoes of her methods in his own. ... But the level of violence in The Three Burials has more to do with Peckinpah than O’Connor — I think even she would have turned away from…
Η πρώτη - δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει δεύτερη- σκηνοθετική απόπειρα του Tommy Lee Jones είναι συγκλονιστική.
Ένα μοντέρνο western , μια ιστορία εξιλέωσης και τιμωρίας , ένα φιλμ που από την αρχή σου πιάνει το στομάχι και στο στρίβει όσο περνάει η ώρα. Όχι μόνο με την ιστορία αυτή καθεαυτή αλλά και με τις μικρές ιστορίες των ανθρώπων που συναντάς στο δρόμο.
Από την οργή στο κλάμα , από το μίσος στην συμπόνοια μέσα σε 2 ώρες και σε αυτό βοηθάει το καστ με μπροστάρη τον Jones αλλά και τον φοβερό εδώ Barry Pepper.
ΥΓ. Θα το ξαναπώ. Οι καλύτερες ταινίες είναι αυτές που έχεις ξεχασμένες σε μια άκρη και τις βλέπεις μετά από χρόνια ξέροντας πολύ λίγα για αυτές.
I don’t think of this as a Western, yet the Western is always there, standing behind it, constantly giving it meaning. Tommy Lee Jones is a cowboy, but he isn’t a Western hero, doesn’t have the heroic qualities or skills of a Western hero, yet the character gains his significance by being compared to the Western hero. The corpse of Jones’s friend, Melquiades Estrada, is found, having been shot and hastily buried. The first half of the film follows Jones trying to get the local Sheriff to take some interest in the case, in flashbacks it shows Jones and Estrada’s friendship, the events leading up to the shooting and, in the ‘now’ of the film, the culprit and his wife…
Not what I was expecting, but still not awful or anything.
Movie audiences have always loved a good revenge story, and never more so than since 9/11. We can't get retribution for the wrongs committed against us in the real world, so we look for it in our movie theatres.
Tommy Lee Jones adds another to the long line of revenge fables that have appeared in the last few years, and the results are mostly lacklustre. However, his film adds a refreshing twist to the standard revenge formula, and that if nothing else makes his film memorable.
Jones stars as Pete, a taciturn cowboy living out in the middle of nowhere (aka Texas), who befriends an illegal Mexican immigrant, Melquiades. When Melquiades is shot and killed by a hot-head border patrol…
poetic in its ruggedness, an understated western about love and loss between friends and what a man will do to honor his memory. the landscape is beautiful and TLJ is perfect in this role.
Not a bad film, but I imagine the story would've made for an excellent Cormac McCarthy book, thereby rendering the film version something along the lines of Billy Bob Thornton's All The Pretty Horses.
''You look like hell son.''
It's been years since I've seen this, but rewatching it was like coming home. I love this movie very, very dearly.
I can't think of any other movie like 'Three Burials', with it's bizarre mixture of intense drama, pitch-black humor and strange little details.
This is a modest but overlooked masterpiece that more people should see. The same goes for 'The Homesman', another crazy gem by Lee Jones.
"We don't want to offend God neither."
A fantastic neo-western directed by Tommy Lee Jones, the story pulls you in immediately as we are introduced to the country characters. With a great cast containing Barry Pepper, Melissa Leo, January Jones, and Dwight Yoakam, Jones creates tense and calm atmosphere as we slowly escalate into the trek towards Mexico. While the flashbacks were quite sudden, they enhanced the relationship and reasoning on why the men were so connected. The third act is very good, as well as the slew of misfits they encounter in the desert. I like the mystery in the end, for it is reminiscent of 'The Long Goodbye' in a way. One of my favorite westerns of the 2000's, as is Jones' 'The Homesman', starring Hillary Swank, for the 2010s.
Well conceived, a few plot contrivances and obvious metaphors
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