13. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
Netflix has this innate ability to put together a cast and crew that has the makings of something great. Sometimes, that hits. Sometimes, it misses. Unfortunately, this is one of those times where it misses. The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter is a nice, funny movie to watch if you’ve been scrolling for five minutes and don’t know what to watch. However, it’s not going to open your eyes to anything enlightening.
Josh Brolin and Danny McBride star as a hunting channel-esque film team that primarily hunts, whitetail deer. Brolin plays Buck Ferguson, a long-running hunting expert who is looking to take his son out for his first hunting trip, and hopefully his first kill. McBride plays Don, who seems to be only a camera operator for Buck with a misunderstanding of what a good friend is. Buck’s son, Jaden, played by Montana Jordan, is a pre-teen child of divorce with all the workings of a troublemaker. The three of them head out on a weekend hunting trip that Buck holds in such high regard because he thinks he might earn his sons’ attention with it.
This movie is entertaining and has some moments of a heart laid around it, but there seems to be a missing element. The relationship between father and son is full of trouble, but the resolutions around those troubles are what makes the bond that much stronger. Here, brief displays of the heart aren’t enough to pack the punch to audiences. The comedic performances from all three are fun enough to watch and it all plays up to a tense end where the bond finally happens.
It’s interesting to see what child actors can do when putting together with talented older actors. Viewers may recognize Montana Jordan as Young Sheldon, the spin-off of The Big Bang Theory. Jordan nabbed that role after this movie had filmed. It goes without saying that Brolin and McBride are recognizable from plenty of their work as well.