Review of First Cow (2020), Dir. Kelly Reichardt, starring John Magaro and Orion Lee
First Cow is a quiet movie. Set mostly in the woods and a small trading post in the Oregon territory, and focusing almost exclusively on two characters, it is also a small movie. There’s no epic sweep here, of story or of scenery.
But the tiny details of First Cow come together to tell a story about entrepreneurship and ambition that Econlog readers will be thinking about for a long time afterward.
One way we might think about First Cow is as an interrogation and exploration of the chestnut (somewhat accurately attributed to Balzac) that “Behind every great fortune there is a great crime.”
Our heroes, Otis “Cookie” Figowitz and King-Lu meet while trekking the Oregon woods.Read More »