The 3 Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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A rancher befriends an illegal immigrant who is mistakenly killed by a Border Patrol officer, and they take him back to his home town for burial.

That is actually totally misleading, since there is a lot more going on in this movie than that. Tommy Lee Jones (for once, NOT AT ALL honeyesque) plays the rancher. Other notable actors (at least we noticed them) were Melissa Leo as the older cafe waitress having affairs with several guys, including Tommy Lee, and Barry Pepper as the Clueless Border Patrol Guy Who Is Taught A Lesson.

About a third of the way through, Mr. Otter commented, Somebody saw Lone Star one too many times…and he was right, that was the kind of feeling that was being aimed at, with various stories, flashbacks, etc.

Unfortunately, they didn’t have the brilliant John Sayles writing or directing, so it really didn’t work. There are some good scenes, there are some good characters, there is a twist in the end just in case you fall asleep, but overall…it just doesn’t work very well.

Sure, rent it for Tommy Lee and Melissa Leo…but don’t expect too much.

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