Films with long names have become a rarity with film-makers wanting to go the single word route. So, when Josh Brolin – he of the Avengers: Infinity Wars – features in an off-beat film with such a title, it raises the interest levels.
Netflix Originals brings to us Josh Brolin as a redneck papa who’s trying to come to terms with his 12-year-old son through a ritual that’s been a family heirloom – hunting a white-tailed deer. Here’s our complete review of the Netflix Original The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
Buck Ferguson is a hunter who’s well known for his hunting videos. Though he’s professionally successful, his personal life is in tatters with him being estranged from his wife and him trying to create a semblance of a relationship with his son, Jaden, a 12-year-old boy.
What’s WOW: There are few father-son films out there, and fewer good ones and The Legacy of a White Tailed Deer Hunter is one of the rare latter. It’s interesting how the scriptwriters have interspersed personal, familial relationships with a man-against-the-wild aspect of it.
This is also one of the rare films that don’t harp on how dangerous a forest is, and basically concentrate on the emotional connect between the three main characters, Buck, Jaden and Don. Josh Brolin gives a great, understated performance and Danny McBride does a good job. Montana Jordan debuts with this film and he’s a revelation – this kid has got a long way to go.
Jody Hill creates a good mix of action in nature and swift, thick dialogues between characters to weave out a well-made story.
What’s Blah: Nothing
Parting Shot: There are few bitter-sweet, emotional originals over at Netflix, and this one is a good addition to the list.
Director: Jody Hill
Cast: Danny McBride, Josh Brolin, Scoot McNairy, Montana Jordan
The Legend of the Whitetail Deer is now streaming on Netflix.