“Woman Walks Ahead”
Sunday night I watched the biographical drama of Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain) and the story of her quest to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) in 1890. The movie was released in 2017 and received mixed reviews after it was released by DirectTV Cinema. So many movies today never see the big screen but are yet very much a worthy watch. I would include this one in that category.
The most questionable aspect of the movie is the historical inaccuracies. Quite frankly, few modern movies come close to accurately portraying events truthfully. Everything is “based” on true events, which gives them license to change it however they want. Regardless, Catherine Weldon did go to the Dakotas in 1889, and in 1890 painted four portraits of Sitting Bull. Two of them survived. One is at the North Dakota Historical Society in Bismarck, North Dakota and the other is at the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ironically, Weldon had foreseen Sitting Bull’s death and the Massacre at Wounded Knee.
Despite the discrepancies, the movie is well done, Michael Greyeyes plays the part of Sitting Bull magnificently, and the terrible oppression of the United States against Native Americans is illustrated in all its ugliness. 4 stars.