Butcher’s Crossing by Gabe Polsky starring Nicolas Cage — KristenBellTattoos.com

Will Andrews (Fred Hechinger) transitions from Harvard Drop to Cowboy in Gabe Polsky’s new film Butcher’s Crossing, from a screenplay written by Polsky and Liam Sutre-Meloy based on a book by John Williams.

Will Andrews seeks adventure on the open frontier. School just doesn’t fit and thought is now looking for people to travel with. He meets Miller (Nicolas Cage), a man who kills buffalo to sell their hide and meat. Andrews asks to join Miller on his next trip to hunt the mysterious buffalo herd, and the young man can join them for a flat fee of $500. He promises that it will be the biggest hall in his life. Will appears to lack social and life skills as he enters cowboy life and is unable to dance or talk to women. At least he’s aware and doesn’t try to be something he’s not. That’s why he should join Miller on this trip. He has no idea what he’s going to get himself into.

At the shooting range, Will fires his rifle for the first time, goes hunting, learns how to skin a buffalo, and discovers what his body parts are used for. His determination leads Miller and his ragtag group of bison hunters to embrace him. The young man learns about each member, their quirks, and digests the knowledge they pass on to him. Eventually, due to Miller’s stubbornness, the group is caught in a snowstorm that delays them longer than expected. Frosts come every day, stocks run out, the group loses touch with reality. Will then begins to ask himself: was it worth it?

Butcher’s Crossing is a 19th-century coming-of-age story that raises questions about masculinity and what it takes to be a “real man.” Poor Will is as aimless as this movie. As a character, his hero’s journey is not exciting. He is the hero of this film and is not depicted as an observer, but as a minor character in his own story. The men he surrounds are also unambiguous – which cannot be said about Nicolas Cage, but here we are.

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