The article contains minor spoilers for Killers of the Flower Moon.
- Brendan Fraser’s performance as W.S. Hamilton in Killers of the Flower Moon has divided viewers, with some praising his over-the-top acting and others criticizing it.
- Some viewers argue that Fraser’s performance accurately matches the character from the book, highlighting his ability to fulfill the director’s vision.
- Despite the mixed reactions, some believe Fraser’s performance was excellent and that he accurately portrayed the larger-than-life behavior expected in an early 20th-century courtroom.
Brendan Fraser’s performance in Killers of the Flower Moon is raising questions. After a series of murders in the 1920s in Oklahoma, Martin Scorsese’s newest epic revolves around the investigation and the treatment of the indigenous Osage Nation. The ensemble cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, and Fraser, who portray the larger-than-life lawyer W. S. Hamilton. The movie has largely been drawing praise for its performances, but Fraser’s acting has been a divisive exception.
Fraser’s character in Killers of the Flower Moon appears in a courtroom scene that features him shouting at every member of the court. The performance has drawn respect and scorn as viewers take to Twitter to announce their love or disdain. Check out some of the tweets below:
User @eventualforever relates Fraser’s performance to that of the bombastic Kool-Aid Man, who charges through doors to shout about Kool-Aid.
Defender @sagesurge explains that Fraser’s performance perfectly matches the book, meaning that Fraser did exactly what he was asked to do.
User @colemandrinking took time to think about it but eventually decided that Fraser did an excellent job.
@LXCRET1A points out that Scorsese could have easily cut Fraser’s scenes but instead chose to include them, which is a sign of Fraser’s skill.
@Coty_Ellis is completely against any criticism of Fraser’s performance, as he should always be allowed to do what he likes.
@Maloria14 believes anyone who criticized Fraser cannot actually be serious about it.
@CMcKee1122 thinks Fraser understood exactly how his character would respond in the real world.
@oliviaolive believes Fraser’s performance is “baffling” and “bizarre” but still effective.
@paulswhtn compared Fraser’s acting to that of a child actor in Sharkboy and Lavagirl.
User @joshtenet believed that Fraser’s performance was good overall but criticized one shot of his character in the movie, comparing it to a “video game selection screen.”
Reviewer @guymrdth mostly praised the movie and its storytelling but asked, “why was brendan fraser talking like that.“
Aside from the debate, some users were generally happy to see Fraser with @SmallPutrk comparing his entrance to John Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Why Fraser’s Killer Of The Flower Moon Performance Is Divisive Explained
Coming off the release of The Whale, Fraser earned enormous acclaim and respect from the public after making his Hollywood comeback. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor as the reclusive father Charlie, which came after a significant break in his career. It was a sign that Fraser was ready to return to Hollywood and was skilled enough to make a difference in the industry.
Unfortunately, while The Whale secured undying critical acclaim, Fraser’s work in Killers of the Flower Moon has not been as universally appreciated. His boisterous performance is filled with what could be viewed as overacting or a misunderstanding of the stakes of the situation. His unpredictable behavior leaves an easy path for audiences to feel jarred by sudden shifts in volume and intensity.
Fraser’s role might be uncomfortable but is appropriate for the situation. The purpose of the courtroom scene is to showcase just how the wealthy escape justice through various tactics. The overacting is not Fraser’s own failure but is instead the consequence of a character overplaying his position and willingly using it to harm others. Furthermore, the lawyer’s opening near Killers of the Flower Moon’s ending actually happened in the book. Fraser’s Killers of the Flower Moon is divisive because of his character, but he successfully captures a severely flawed figure.
Source: Various (see above)