From a casual movie viewers perspective; Wind River is one of the most engaging films ever created.
Remember The Snowman featuring Michael Fassbender? Hopefully not, as it was largely considered one of 2017’s most disappointing films, but it’s also a great film to compare Wind River to.
The Snowman was advertised to be an amazing crime-thriller film with ominous sound design, an unpredictable storyline and a stellar cast. It didn’t actually have any of these defining features, but Wind River did.
Everything that made people excited for The Snowman was achieved by Wind River.
Its storyline in particular was very relatable, making everyone in the cinema sniffle and cry throughout. It’s packed with raw, very human emotions.
In my eyes it’s the perfect thriller, and took me by surprise when I went to see it in August last year.
I’m shocked that it wasn’t even nominated for the 75th Golden Globes. Aside for my obvious love for the film, from a technical level its sound deserved to stand aside Dunkirk in the nominations. Dunkirk did a phenomenal job of capturing panic and claustrophobia within WWI; Wind River achieved the same with the emptiness and dangers of Wyoming’s mountains.
I cannot recommend Wind River enough.