Coogler is too good to grade this on a curve. The production design, casting, and worldbuilding is too good to gloss over the problems with the script. The African James Bond setup they introduced was too good for them to drop it after two scenes. Michael B. Jordan is too good for how little they gave him to do, and how unseriously his character's ideas were taken. This movie frustrated the hell outta me.
I don't normally go for rigidly formalistic cinematic exercises but for all of the filmmaker's obsessive attention to period detail (and the general humorlessness that goes along with being that type of director), he didn't forget to make this movie tense and scary as hell. Plus I love goats!
Seeing a lot of "good acting, bad movie" takes which, yeah, I guess it takes pretty good acting to make a script like this even vaguely watchable, but everybody still felt pretty fucking schticky to me. McDonagh reaaaally thinks he got to the heart of America with this one, but basically it's tone-deaf and nonsensical. I hated this movie.