Colette: ** ½
The Sisters Brothers: ****
Two recent films both had the misfortune of being tagged as “tonally uneven” by a number of publications. The first, Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, is a biopic of Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley), a fin de siècle Frenchwoman who ghostwrote novels for her husband Willy (Dominic West). In Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, on the other hand, two sibling assassins, Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix), are ordered to track down and kill a prospector (Riz Ahmed) during the California Gold Rush.
Even though both Colette and Sisters can be described as tonally inconsistent, this condition doesn’t affect the two films in the same way.