WOMAN WALKS AHEAD REVIEWED RATHER FAST
“Woman Walks Ahead” is so passive that you could go to sleep watching it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as the film sticks pretty close to the source material. Well, outside of totally botching where Catherine Weldon was at her life. The point remains that it’s another film about an Eastern Coastal Highfalutin white woman going out to the West to fan worship Native Americans. The film cuts in and out of what was happening to Sitting Bull near the end of his life.
But, Jessica Chastain steals focus to make this a film about Weldon. What’s crazy about it is that Chastain is great in the film and it has almost nothing to do with Weldon’s actual work in South Dakota. It’s pretty frustrating, but remains one of the better A24 films released this summer.
- 1 hr and 41 mins
RELEASE DATE: 7/6/18
The Plot Thus Far
Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land.