Old Henry (film)
Old Henry, a 2021 American Western film. Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, Trace Adkins, and Stephen Dorff are among the cast members. On September 7, 2021, the film had its global premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and Shout! Studios distributed it theatrically in the United States on October 1. It received mostly positive feedback. Potsy Ponciroli wrote and directed the film
Old Henry Release Date
On September 7, 2021, the film had its global premiere outside of competition at the Venice Film Festival, and on October 1, it was distributed theatrically in the United States.
Old Henry Storyline
Plot Summary & Review
Tim Blake Nelson has the most genuinely weary and mournful hangdog expression in current cinema, and his portrayal in the title role of director Potsy Ponciroli’s second fiction feature is its most exceptional attribute. And he puts it to undeniably excellent use throughout the first half of the film.
Before he is seen, he is heard telling the spectator about his origins: He was born in New York and lived in Kansas, Arizona, and New Mexico. Henry’s son Wyatt, frustrated with his chores while he works the property, laments, “I still don’t think this is the life you intended… up at dawn, feeding the cows.” “There are worse arrangements,” Henry tells Wyatt (a fantastic Gavin Lewis).
Henry had implied in his previous narration that he was experienced with less than ideal situations. He says of his numerous attempts over the years, “some were more marginal than others,” over an image of his obviously beloved wife’s grave.
Henry hasn’t so much outrun his past as he has sent it off stage, like William Munny in Clint Eastwood’s masterpiece “Unforgiven.” It hasn’t completely vanished from his life, but it is waiting in the wings.
Soon, Henry will be forced to let a guy his son has never met to take center stage. We’ve watched Stephen Dorff as Ketchum, together with a pair of equally cruel cronies, pump a poor man of the grasslands for information, then strangle him to death in the film’s tight, scary beginning. Henry, who has no neighbors except his strong, deep-voiced brother-in-law Al, comes across an untended horse with blood on its saddle a short time later. A man with a bullet in his shoulder, a handgun, and a bag of cash is a short distance away. Henry will return the man to the residence and take care of him. He looks at the money bag for a few moments before responding, “Nope.”
You’re probably guessing where this is headed, and you’re right. Curry, the shot man, has one tale, and when Ketchum and his men arrive, they have a different one. Curry (Scott Haze) also experiences flashbacks to a time when he and Henry may have met, while he isn’t passing out from blood loss.
Henry regularly rejects Wyatt’s offers to assist with the impending firefight as he prepares to meet the men posing as law—who are in truth just vile killers. Wyatt is a natural at target practice, but when it comes to shooting a man, Henry warns him that there is a fine line to walk. This irritates Wyatt to the point where he screams at Henry, calling him “a foolish worthless old man.”
Henry’s feelings are hurt by this. But you can see in Nelson’s eyes that the pain is nothing compared to his commitment to safeguarding his own son.
We learn the specifics of Henry’s background in several well-done action mini-sequences, and your total enjoyment of the movie may rest on whether or not you’re ready to, as they say, go with it. I gave a tiny eyeroll of my own before returning to the major satisfactions provided by the film’s denouement. And I continued to admire Nelson, who never puts a foot wrong, transforming Henry from hangdog to deadeye with genuine conviction and credibility.
Old Henry Cast
- Tim Blake Nelson as Henry
- Scott Haze as Curry
- Gavin Lewis as Wyatt
- Trace Adkins as Uncle Al
- Stephen Dorff as Ketchum
Old Henry Wiki
- Directed by Potsy Ponciroli
- Written by Potsy Ponciroli
- Produced by
Tim Blake Nelson
- Cinematography John Matysiak
- Edited by Jamie Kirkpatrick
- Production company
- Distributed by Shout! Studios
- Release date
September 7, 2021 (Venice)
October 1, 2021 (United States)
- Country United States
- Language English