Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Directed by Arthur Penn

Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

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Exactly like a 60’s melding of True Romance (how about that “she’s a peach” quote) and Natural Born Killers. The film emphasizes the trashiness, recklessness, and public worship of Mickey and Mallory while at the same time providing the same kind of relationship as Clarence and Alabama. Crazy shooting scene at the end. Interesting that the resolution is getting shot to pieces in this film and getting away in Natural Born Killers. The beginning of excessive blood and violence in American cinema.

Beatty used to look good. Great body. Just as sexually frustrated as Clarence. His sex problem gets kind of annoying, though. Arquette is better and prettier than Dunaway, though. Neat seeing Wilder for the first time. You get a hint of the humor that is to come. That Moss guy is pretty funny.

Overall, not too well made. There doesn’t seem to be any upward motion to the story. The ending probably would have been more dramatic if they had developed the characters and their relationships a bit more before blowing them away. The story isn’t so great. The characters are OK. Bad dialogue. Bad camerawork. Mismatched film stocks, bad focusing, shaking camera, color changes (which may be due to the aging film stock). Cool intro credit lettering, though. And a neat intro. You gotta show her naked, though.

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