The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)


“You need to investigate them border patrols that use a 223.”- Pete Perkins

“You want me to investigate the Kennedy assassination while I’m at it?” – Belmont

Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 Jun 2009 and 23 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A rancher does all he can to fulfill a promise to his best friend who is accidentally found dead.

My Take on it – This is a fascinating film that is able to show the lengths that a person would be willing to go in order to keep a promise to a close friend.

The pacing of the story is extremely slow but it is done in a way that enables us to get a much better idea about the kind of life these people lead and the area that they live in.

Tommy Lee Jones does a splendid job here in a dual role; as both the lead actor and as the director.

He finds some great opportunities to allow us to take in this powerful story.

The plot unfolds in a very non-linear fashion which requires the viewer to pay closer attention to everything going on in order to not miss anything along the way.

The story is set up like a puzzle and in order to grasp it all, one must put all of pieces in place.

This enhances the story telling aspect because despite the non-linear story, they give us some nice twists and turns along the way that help take things in directions we might not have expected.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that shows the lengths that someone is willing to go to keep a promise to a friend. The story moves at a pretty slow pace, but that is mostly done in order to give us a better idea of the terrain and way of life in this part of the world. Jones does a great job both directing and acting in this film and lets us take in this powerful kind of story.  The story isn’t told in a normal linear fashion, so that requires the viewer to pay closer attention to all that goes on in order to try and put the puzzle pieces together which adds so much to the story telling in this particular case.  I really enjoyed the way that this story unfolds because even though things are non-linear, they are able to give us some nice twists and turns along the way that enhance things. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Much of the movie was shot on Tommy Lee Jones’s own ranch. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

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