22 April 2007

April 22, 2007

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is
found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch
foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With
his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and
quixotic journey into Mexico.
I love how this movie opens. The opening 30 minutes are great. And the more I think about it, I love the meandering ending... but the pacing after the half-way mark sucks.

It's nice to see Tommy Lee Jones play something other than a U.S. Marshall, but this film needed some heavy editing... and perhaps an assistant director to guide the neophyte Jones through this two-hour ordeal.