During an interview on “Dutton Rules: A Yellowstone 1883 Podcast,” Sam Elliott voiced his frustration about “Yellowstone” prior to the premiere of “1883.” “‘Yellowstone’ is all over this. We’re tainted by ‘Yellowstone,’ which, on some level, I can’t stand. Because I think ‘1883’ stands alone and will. Once it comes out, people are gonna say, ‘Oh, yeah — the only connection there is that it got John Dutton to Montana,” Elliott said (via Taste of Country).
Elliott’s frustration is understandable. “1883” feels like a movie parceled out over 10 episodes, and it bares no resemblance to the Costner-driven drama which focuses more on the central characters’ determination to fight outside forces looking to eradicate their way of life. Whereas the testosterone-driven “Yellowstone” plays out like “The Godfather” meets a Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western, “1883” is narrated by Elsa; a coming-of-age story told against the backdrop of the harsh realities of the Westward Expansion.
However, “1883” has quickly found its footing and is poised to stand on its own as viewers become more enraptured by the historical accuracy intermingled with engaging and, at times, heartbreaking character-driven plotlines.