The Rider

Reviewed by Gabriel of Urantia

  • Western
  • 104 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • 4DFR rating: R (for language — but not using bad language because it sells but because this is what cowboys do)

With this film I would say that destiny is at work here, because the actor in the film, Brady Jandreau, plays himself after being discovered by a Chinese director and filmmaker, Chloe Zhao, in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In the film, as in true life, Brady is a horse whisperer and bronco rider who has an accident and can no longer bronco. The movie shows the life of a cowboy and does an excellent job in the psychology of what it is to be a cowboy, in every aspect of their lives. I would highly recommend this film for its sensitivity. The film even showed cowboys praying, which did not in any way make these cowboys seem less than a cowboy. As a matter of fact, it made the film seem more real and that a real cowboy is in touch with other cowboys and the animal kingdom and the realization that the Creator runs it all. Chloe Zhao is not just a great director but a great casting agent because she recognized Brady's star potential and took a chance on him. It's what I noticed too about Brady, that he was powerful on camera. My son Amadon—who also has this star quality—recently had an interview with Casting Director Ellen Lewis, Martin Scorsese's casting director, and she told Amadon that you have to beat the streets in New York or Los Angeles and "pay your dues." So Kudos to Chloe Zhao for recognizing the gift of God in someone, that you can't learn by beating the streets. You either have it or you don't.

~Gabriel of Urantia

*MPAA = Motion Picture Association of America

*4DFR = An alternative, 4th-Dimensional, rating is supplied by the author of this review

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