Film Screening 24th April, 2001

Poster for Ride With the Devil

Ride With the Devil 

8:00 PM, 24th April, 2001

  • MA
  • 138 mins
  • 2000
  • Ang Lee
  • James Schamus
  • Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire, Jewel Kilcher, Jeffrey Wright, Simon Baker

Set during the American Civil War, Ride With The Devil focuses on a guerrilla war on the Kansas-Missouri border. It centres on a small group of fighters on the side of the South((mdash))German immigrant's son Jake Roedel (Maguire); plantation owner's son Jack Bull Chiles (Ulrich); Southern gentleman George Clyde (Baker) and Holt (Wright); Clyde's former slave. Hiding out on the property of a sympathetic family during winter, their vigil is brightened by the visits of war widow Sue Ellen Shelley (Kilcher). But when the fighting recommences, Jake and Holt draw together as both begin to question their roles in the bloody conflict.

I know what you're thinking((mdash))why would I want to see a film about the American Civil War? Well, hear me out((mdash))because it's worth it. This isn't really a film about the civil war((mdash))its themes are universal, and because of its concentration on the smaller war it doesn't matter if you have no historical background in the material. Secondly, the film crew has done a brilliant job, from the script to the cinematography, led by Golden Globe award-winner Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The cast performs extremely well, which is to be expected from the previous work of the male cast (and singer Jewel does an excellent job in her film debut). Still haven't convinced you? How about the fact that Ulrich and Kilcher are both really good-looking? Or arguably the most historically accurate Civil War film ever made? Or it's got a cool name? Now I'm running out of things to say. Hopefully I'll see you all there to enjoy the ride.

Pedr Cain