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The Ballad of Lefty Brown (2017)

A coming-of-age Western for a 65 year old man.

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Edward Johnson
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Oak (as Joseph Anderson)
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Red Blake
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A coming-of-age Western for a 65 year old man.

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Rated R for violence and some language
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The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Written by Maiah Wynne
Performed by Maiah Wynne & Troy William Dunn
Courtesy of Maiah Wynne
By arrangement with Maiah Wynne & Sorcery Sound
Played during the credits
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A Western with Heart
28 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love an underdog--who doesn't? With The Ballad of Lefty Brown, Jared Moshe gives the audience a chance to revel in what happens when a bumbling sidekick (expertly played by Bill Pullman) loses his left-hand man (Peter Fonda) and is compelled by love and honor to take revenge. The cinematography is gorgeous--think Andrew Wyeth landscapes at sunset--and the mood of the film remains true to its genre: pensive, a bit wild, and ripplingly tense.

The film succeeds most when it juxtaposes Lefty's incompetence with his determination. Lefty doesn't take action with grace and style like so many other Western heroes--It's just not in his nature. Even his friends think he's too incompetent to manage a ranch let alone outsmart some highly capable bad guys. Lucky for us, his tenacity reveals strength within a love that compels him to do what everyone around him thinks impossible.

As the film progresses, our desire to see Lefty "win" takes on a deeper meaning. Not only do we want him to succeed because justice is pleasurable to witness--Lefty's success is also proof that courage comes in all packages and that true grit reveals its own type of grace, one that is often overlooked when we dismiss those at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Ballad of Lefty Brown is a meditation on what happens if we stop worrying about our flaws and instead explore how we can work with them. Who knows, maybe one of our weaknesses could come in handy some day...


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