Cinema Review: Buffalo Boys | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Buffalo Boys

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Directed by Mike Wiluan

Jan 18, 2019 Web Exclusive
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Somehow, while the Western struggles for continued relevance in the US, it is still evolving from its traditional archetypes into new landscapes and character dynamics by filmmakers abroad. Buffalo Boys sees the Javanese brothers Jamar (Ario Bayu) and Suwo (Yoshi Sudarso), returning to their homeland after nearly a lifetime of exile in America to avenge the death of their parents at the hands of Dutch occupiers, most specifically the atrociously cruel Van Trach (Reinout Bussemaker).

Following a formulaic plot, comprised of mostly generic characters typical of the genre, it manages to make the best of its situation through a stellar cast, thrilling martial arts segments, and mountains of unique stylistic choices. Saksiri Chantarangsri’s production design is consistently impressive, brimming with a distinctive vitality. The film’s palette is awash with vibrant and striking color combinations, buttressing John Radel’s sweeping cinematography, and enhancing the film’s well-executed practical effects. The computerized effects are competent, but jank does worm its way through some of the more spectacular sequences, lessening their impact.

Ultimately, Buffalo Boys is a conventional story of vengeance and frontier justice, told through a vastly entertaining lens, culminating in a final standoff that’ll satiate any fan of the combined genres.


Author rating: 7/10

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Michael Coleman
June 2nd 2019

Brilliant article!