All the Pretty Horses snuck into theaters back in 2000. Cormac McCarthy was finally having his works adapted into films. Who better to helm the first major studio adaptation of the 00s than Billy Bob Thornton? Carefully creating a vision of a Texas/Mexico border long since lost to the time, Thornton created a remarkable film. So, why don’t more people remember it?
Matt Damon and Henry Thomas function as our leads. John Grady Cole and Lacey Rawlins are just a bunch of good old boys looking to find adventure in Mexico. They wrangle horses and make eyes at the pretty Mexican women they meet. All the while, something sinister follows them like a ghost.
Mill Creek has been killing it recently with these unsung studio releases of the last 40 years. Some turn out like Heroes, while others are under-praised efforts like Eddie Macon’s Run. What’s funny about a bargain rated outlet dropping films like this is the approach. Sure, you’re not getting the best in A/V Quality or any special features.
However, you’re giving more people an opportunity to check it out. It’s really weird, but I appreciate Mill Creek giving more people an opportunity to check out All the Pretty Horses.