Great Western scenery. The plot is thoroughly improbable. Three American brothers before American entry into WW1 leave their grand home in the West, their Army veteran father (Anthony Hopkins), and a beautiful woman Susannah engaged to one of them, to enlist in Canada for an England they had never seen. The high ideals of patriotism, God, country, political correctness, long hair, opposition to government & Prohibition, chastity and family are challenged when Brad Pitt beds the good-looking femme fatal linked to all three brothers romantically. The three brothers pass Susannah around throughout the movie. Her sexual attraction for Pitt and her improbable abandonment by two of the brothers are the themes of the movie. Her love of Pitt stokes jealousy and sibling rivalry.
The same grizzly bear we see in all Hollywood productions growls for the camera and makes three appearances in all. The WW1 battle scene, terrain and greenery are wholly unrealistic, and the individual heroism depicted ridiculous compared to the dismal reality of trench warfare. The post-traumatic stress disorder affecting Pitt is seemingly genuine. Anthony Hopkins’ rejection of his son’s candidacy for Congress is a tribute to the political correctness of opposition to political contributions and Congress.
Brad Pitt fights for racial equality in a saloon, to assure Native Americans’ rights to a beer. He descends into the political incorrectness of hunting in Africa, but takes to the sea, travels the world, and smokes opium for consolation in a nod to our opioid crisis.
Years later, Pitt returns with a herd of horses when Anthony Hopkins is incapacitated by stroke and the mutual love interest Susannah had married the third-choice brother. Tristan (Pitt) is able to wed the much younger girl they grew up with, Isabel, who at age 11 or 12 said she would marry Tristan, and his old love interest the married Susannah is shaken emotionally. Pitt fathers a child, which his Congressman brother and abandoned love Susannah never did.
The evil police riding with stronger bootleggers kill Tristan’s wife with a random spray of bullets, and old Dad blames the government and his son the Congressman. Pitt is a victim of government corruption, but his lost love visits him in jail, still hankering for what Pitt has … and after Pitt tells her to return to her husband, she commits suicide. Pitt gets some revenge by murdering one policeman and one outlaw. The evil police and bootleggers return to the ranch to kill Pitt, but old Col. Hopkins kills two with a shotgun and the hidden Congressman kills the third. The family is reunited in bloodshed. Then Pitt nobly abandons his children to wander again, and obtains the Congressman’s agreement to look after them. The grizzly bear returned to kill the anti-hero in his wanderings alone somewhere in the woods in later years.
Rifles and shotguns do justice, but evil submachine guns are the tools of the devils.