Film of the day: Old Henry

Old Henry

An atmospheric, good looking Western written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli in which stars Tim Blake Nelson as, Henry, a widowed farmer struggling to eke out a living off his land and keep his restless teenage son (Gavin Lewis) from seeking adventure elsewhere.

The peace of their isolated Oklahoma homestead is shattered when a fugitive with a gunshot wound is discovered on his land and some less than trusty-worthy law men soon follow.

At this point it becomes clear that Henry – though drawn into a deadly standoff that is odds on to cost him and his son their lives – is not as humble or un-storied as he appears.

This is a really engaging pot-boiler of a Western and expertly develops character and storyline over action. It offers a few clues as to where it is going but still delivers an excellent final act.

It is such a shame that this movie didn’t get the attention it deserved on release. It might be a bit slow for some, but even if you are not a fan of Westerns there is more than enough in this to keep you hooked.

Old Henry – From Sunday 20 February on Sky Cinema and Now.