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Trey Wootton’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Probably one of the best things I've seen recently. It said a lot without saying much at all. I might be more intrigued by the making of this movie, rather than the movie itself. I'm contemplating what this movie is actually about. It could be about a young man trying to prove to himself he is still a man in a society where the traditional definition no longer applies to him. It could be about accepting that your dreams don't always come true, and learning to come to grips with that fact.
There are two scenes that I made the movie for me. After they put down Apollo, Brady is talking to his sister and says something along the lines that it's not fair to keep the animal around if it can't do the things it loves. He then says, after my injury if I was an animal I would have been put down, but I'm a person so I live.
The second scene is when Brady decides to go back to the Rodeo and his dad says you're so stubborn, you don't listen to anyone. Brady replies, I listened everything you ever told me: grit your teeth, rub some dirt in it, be a a man.
Both of these scenes are powerful in very simple ways. I'm deeply impressed that Chloe Zhao was able to get the performances out of these non actors and say so much.