Critic Consensus: Diablo has neither the intelligence nor the originality to compete with the revisionist latter-day Westerns it owes obvious debts to.
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Critic Reviews for Diablo
"Diablo" boasts the skeleton of an interesting allegorical oater ... but Carlos de los Rios' screenplay never manages to provide flesh or a beating heart, leaving the whole endeavor feeling more like a rough draft.
Roeck aims for an homage to Eastwood Sr.'s revisionist Westerns (think The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven, etc.), but the result is pretentious and pointless.
It inelegantly attempts to infuse a standard revenge western with the gravitas of a war veteran's coming-home odyssey.
Like any western, the film also has a spurious relationship with race, trying to prop its tale up on the dramatic implications of antebellum America, without having to actually explore the relationships between the war's disparate survivors.
Audience Reviews for Diablo
Who would've thought that out of the two Westerns I watched this week, the one starring Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton would be the worse movie. Diablo is far from perfect, and it slumps pretty heavily in the middle. But the opening scene and entire third act had me totally engrossed. The supporting cast of Diablo are all pretty on point. Particularly Walton Goggins. Even Danny Glover who is notorious for phoning it in these days does a good job. Unfortunately, Scott Eastwood in the lead role is abysmal. So poor in fact that it was all that held me back from giving Diablo a "Fresh" rating.
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