I think this is the first review I’ve done of my old film, but I’ve been meaning to do a lot more of these. Of course, no one will be running to a movie theater to buy tickets and popcorn for this 1967 flick, but I hope that when I do these “old-time” reviews, that a rental will be in order.
This classic starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway is the time-old story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The two bank robbers who for a short run, ruled the West. Directed by Arthur Penn, this film is both classic and iconic.
The movie moves fast. Nothing slows down the thieves, and their beginning is short explained. Entranced by Clyde’s smooth talking and daring deeds, Bonnie is immediately on board. Although she at first appears shy, she is just as devious as any thief could be.
Despite Clyde’s lack of “loverboy” attitude, the two make a pretty pair. They are perfect for the roles, and the personalities they portray are perfect for one another. Desperately in love with Clyde, Bonnie is lovestruck and rebellious while Clyde denies her the pleasure of his kisses, and thoroughly enjoys the thrill of the crime.
Also starring Gene Hackman, Michael J Pollard, and Estelle Parsons, the film is stylized perfectly. The orange and brown themed colors depict perfectly the arid grasses of the West, and reflect the lack of “green” that Bonnie and Clyde are living from. Escaping the police, and running across city lines, there is nothing dryer than the open fields of the West, into which the Barrow gang’s future couldnt’ be any bleaker.
Historically knowing the ending (and in case you didn’t you might want to read up on your history books), the entire movie is a suspenseful build up to the partner’s death. A movie that has changed the course of the film industry (if interested in that, see here), once you’ve seen it, the image of their flailing bodies, shot to death, choreographed beautifully and devastatingly will never leave your mind.
The classic film is one of loneliness, desperation, and the hard times of the 1930’s.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Overall: A classic film, with fantastic acting. The style and image of the film is fantastic. A definite classic, and a great watch.