Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Loosely based on the true story of Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), Bonnie and Clyde depicts the famous couple as they run loose through Texas with Clyde’s brother and sister-in-law, Buck (Gene Hackman) and Blanche (Estelle Parsons). To be honest, there really isn’t much of a plot. The group pretty much runs around and robs banks, kills some random people who get in their way and recruits some unlikely characters they meet. The interactions between the characters and situations are what make it so great as it comes in at # 42 on the AFI Top 100 list. Out of all the chaos and random events that ensue, the ending is the most memorable and most violent. All of the 5 main actors in this movie were nominated for acting Oscars and only Estelle Parsons took the win. It was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, but only won 2. All in all, I can see how this movie is praised for its acting and memorable ending, but it does feel empty at times and as thought there is no real story at all. Co-starring Gene Wilder and Michael J. Pollard.
7/10 Stars – Entertaining at times, but gets a little thin due to watching the same thing over until the end.
Bonnie and Clyde seems more a re-telling in bits and pieces than a true fully flushed out film. Well it is certainly well made you feel at times there are holes or perhaps rather that things move a bit to fast. Also don’t expect to be surprised by Bonnie and Clyde it’s exactly what you would expect, bank robbing, killing and hiding from the law. No shock there. Then again who would expect any twists to a story that is so very well-known to begin with. I can see why Bonnie and Clyde is part of the AFI Top 100 List but I wouldn’t have personally put it so high on the list, I don’t see any justification for it honestly.
7/10 Stars – Well made but full of holes.
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