Summary: Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of David Grann’s novel explores the dark history of the Osage Nation and the sinister forces of white supremacy.
Martin Scorsese’s film ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ delves into the turn-of-the-century boomtown of Fairfax, Oklahoma, where sudden oil wealth brought about a dreadful era of white supremacy. The film focuses on the investigation of the Osage murders, exposing how the Osage Nation’s oil riches were exploited by white family members. It portrays a toxic partnership between Ernest Burkhart and Mollie, revealing the true nature of the pioneers who sought to seize what they believed belonged to them. Scorsese skillfully uncovers the banality of the malevolence masterminded by William Hale, portraying a grandpa-like figure who manipulates and belittles the Osage. While the FBI eventually gets involved, the film highlights the tragic consequences of the deaths and the larger act of ethnic cleansing that plagued the Osage people. ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ is a powerful Western that uncovers the chilling reality beneath the surface of early 20th century America.
Tags: Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese, David Grann, Osage Nation, white supremacy, oil boomtown, investigation, pioneers, brutal truth, Western