11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Slow-burning, non-Hollywood masterpiece,
By A Customer
This review is from: Matewan [VHS] (VHS Tape)
I saw this film first as a teen on late-night TV years ago, and it has been nestling in my head like a memory of an old friend. Sayles is a master of telling powerful stories without resorting to worn-out Hollywood cliches, and this is no different. Characters talk, act...LIVE within this tale of Union men trying to get what they deserve,and there is no sentimental pay-off or cop-out. This is a richly rewarding piece of art that deserves several viewings...and if you are a fan of the Palace Brothers/Bonnie Prince Billy, there is an extra treat in Will Oldhams performance that seems to foreshadow his later musical personae.