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Yellowstone - Season 1-5

Disney has advertised a lot for Yellowstone. Billboards adorned the streets and there were commercials on radio and TV. Because I don't have much interest in westerns, my interest was not immediately aroused.

That soon changed when, somewhat seduced by the commercial, I started watching. It is set in the present day, but there is certainly a good dose of western atmosphere. The average Montana resident is born wearing a cowboy hat, is foul-mouthed and anything but progressive. The first thing I noticed was the beautiful intro, the images immediately show the scenario where the series takes place and what contradictions there are. The music gets stuck in your head after a few episodes.

It revolves around the Yellowstone ranch in the beautiful state of Montana. A typical “fly-over state” where people do not have much in common with decadent New York and the hippies from California. The landscape is breathtaking with low mountains, rivers and streams, panoramic views and cattle, lots of cattle. The landscape is often depicted and is an important theme in the series. The contrast between the "blue collar" population of the interior and the progressive wokies from the coastal states is a common thread in the series.

The Dutton family's Yellowstone ranch is threatened by rising tourism, mining and large-scale construction projects. There is also a nearby Indian reservation run by Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). In addition to being the leader of the native community, he is also the owner of a casino. There are common interests, the Indians attach great importance to nature and the original state of the area, and son Kacey Dutton (Luke Grimes, Brothers & Sisters) is married to Monica (Kelsey Asbille, Fargo). She is from the reservation.

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John Dutton, the patriarch of the Dutton family, is played by Kevin Costner. Following Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, The Undoing), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Walk the Line) and Matthew McConaughey (True Detective), he has (temporarily) exchanged the silver screen for the small screen. His acting is impeccable. But the leading role is played by the English actress Kelly Reilly (Above Suspicion), she plays Beth Dutton, daughter of John Dutton. This role actually deserves a separate review. What a woman! Beth allows me to write “female”, she thinks that is a nickname. Due to some traumatic events in the past, she has become a woman who can best be described as a cat that you cannot pick up without gloves. And then I express myself with extreme caution.

Impressive and somewhat humorous is the scene in which, after surviving a bomb attack, she walks outside to smoke a cigarette, completely mutilated and covered in blood. She suffers injuries throughout almost the entire series due to constant fighting with cowboys, hippies and other scum that get in the way. The aforementioned Kacey Dutton has a “Sons of Anarchy” look, but the characters from Sons of Anarchy are wimps compared to the raw cowboys of Montana. A great example of this is a scene in which a motorcycle gang from California visits Montana to kick some shit.. .Bad plan!

The Dutton ranch is a place where outcasts, orphans and ex-convicts find a home as cowboys. However, there are obligations attached to this. A good example of this is Rip Wheeler, played by Cole Hauser (Rogue). I have rarely seen someone who shows such loyalty to his savior John Dutton. Or Jimmy Hurdstrom, played by Jefferson White (Blindspot), who, as a cap-wearing loser, is trained to become a tough cowboy. Then son Jamie Dutton (Wes Bentley, American Horror Story), who is constantly beaten up by Beth. As the family lawyer, he is clearly not a cowboy, he is between two worlds.

The series is raw but at the same time warm, melancholy and moving. Its quality radiates in every respect. A series that will not soon be forgotten and that has ended up in my limited “watch again later” list. A big 9 for this Yellowstone….
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