Updated: Aug 30, 2019
The story of Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program centered around the training of wild mustangs that leads to a bond like no other.
I’ve been looking forward to seeing this since the first trailer and was sold the moment I saw Robert Redford's name as Executive Producer. It’s also been a long while since I was interested in a movie that was centered around a horse, so that was exciting to me as well. It might also have to do with me owning a Ford Mustang, but we’ll just swipe that under the rug for now.
Director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre did a magnificent job bringing this story to life in the most true and heartfelt way. Matthias Schoenaerts, who played as Roman Coleman, delivered an incredible performance bringing a real sense of grit and reality. Ruben Impens did a wonderful job shooting this movie as Cinematographer with interesting angles as well as a pleasing aesthetic that helps the film lean into its “Western” vibe.
The bond that Roman has with his horse, Marcus, is one that you love and never want to break. A man who is so tormented that he’s kept away from society and a horse that cannot be tamed. Two broken individuals who confide in one another to form an unshakable bond. Even when they had nothing, they had each other.
In summary, The Mustang delivers on all sides and tells the true stories of the men who went through this program while serving their time with great honor. If you are able to catch a viewing, I’d highly recommend it! Can’t wait to see what both Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre and Matthias Schoenaerts does next!
I’ll give The Mustang a 5/5.