Horizon, an american saga, Part One

Horizon, an american saga, Part One
Original title:Horizon, an american saga, Part One
Director:Kevin Costner
Running time:181 minutes
Release date:28 june 2024
Set 15 years before and after the American Civil War. Westward expansion is fraught with pitfalls - from the natural elements, to interactions with the indigenous peoples who lived on the land, to the ruthless determination of those who sought to colonize it...

Sabine's Review

It was one of the emotional moments of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival: Kevin Costner's tears after the screening of the first part of Horizon, an american saga. The director-actor invested $50 million of his personal fortune to finance this story that he has been carrying out for years. The western is his favorite genre. In 1990, his first film Dances with Wolves tells the story of a Civil War officer, transferred to an abandoned fort near a Sioux village, who discovers the values ​​and virtues of this people. This humanist epic enjoyed immense success and won 7 Oscars.

Horizon, an American saga includes three films, perhaps more depending on the movies'box office. Kevin Costner writes the scripts as he goes along. In France, the first part hits the screens on July 3, the second is scheduled for September 11. The third part is currently being filmed. The story traces the conquest of the West, over a period of 15 years, before and after the Civil War.

Horizon part 1 is a spectacular film to watch on the big screen, to immerse yourself in its landscapes of mountains, plains and desert. The historical reconstruction is great, as are the costumes, the makeup, the hairstyle. The image is gorgeous.

This saga tells the stories of many many characters: a convoy of pioneers towards the promised land, named Horizon, a mother hunted by her in-laws, a group of officers, a group of survivors of a massacre committed by the Indians. These Indians are torn apart by the attitude to adopt towards the whites. No Manichaeism in this saga, but an alternation of points of view. All the characters are confronted with the violence of this conquest of territories.

Kevin Costner plays an old, mute cowboy who goes to save a prostitute (Jean Malone) and an orphan. His film includes many female roles, notably Sienna Miller as a courageous mother. The casting is convincing.
However, this first part resembles a long three-hour exposition, without any real development of the story or the characters. Kevin Costner takes his time. It intertwines certain stories. The few action scenes are successful. He makes a very classic film in its form. The question then arises of a three-hour film whose genre requires the big screen, but whose plot, the large number of characters, relate to the series, just like the end of the film which is a montage of scenes to come. of the next episode.

But seeing a director invest his personal fortune to make his dream come true is so rare that we can only salute this strong cinematic gesture. Hats off to the artist!

Horizon, an american saga, Part One
Directed by Kevin Costner
Produced by Kevin Costner
Written by Kevin Costner, Jon S. Baird      
Starring Kevin Costner, Sienna Miller, Sam Worthington, Jean Malone, Owen Crow Shoe, Tatanka Means, Ella Hunt, Tim Guinee  
Music by John Debney
Cinematography  by J. Michael Muro
Edited by Miklos Wright
Production companies : New Line Cinema, Territory Pictures
Distributed by Metropolitan (France), Warner Bros (USA)
Release date :  June 28, 2024 (USA),  July 3,2024 (France)
Running time : 181 minutes 

Seen May 19, 2024 at the Cannes Festival and Convention Centre

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