First Cow

First Cow ★★★½

An interesting commentary on capitalism in the age of the American settler, as well as a touching look at platonic male friendship with subdued performances by John Magaro and Orion Lee. Christopher Blauvelt’s cinematography is also appropriately serene and gives the audience time to truly soak in the environment and the atmosphere of the film. If the film has one weakness, it’s that the pacing is incredibly slow. While appropriate for the story being told, my interest began to wane a little over an hour into the film, and since there are largely no big narrative surprises and everything plays out exactly as you might expect after a certain point, eventually it started to feel like I was just waiting for the film to end. However, I’d still give it a chance, especially if you’re a lover of the art of filmmaking. First Cow is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, and as long as you’re aware of how slow the pace is going into it, I believe you’ll still be in for an enjoyable viewing experience.