Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bonnie and Clyde (2013)

Director: Bruce Beresford

Writers: John Rice, Joe Batteer

Composer: John Debney

Staring: Emile Hirsch, HOlliday Grainger, Saray Hyland, Elizabeth Reaser, Lane Garrison, Dale Dickey, Austin Hebert, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Jack Thompson, Nick Cardona

More info: IMDb

Plot: Based on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie Parker, an impressionable, petite, small-town waitress, off her feet, and the two embark on one one of most infamous bank-robbing sprees in history.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I'm going to sound like another broken record by saying this but the truth is far more fascinating than the crap the writers came up with for this THREE HOUR MOVIE.  What a disappointment.  Not only was it wildly inaccurate (if you're remotely interested in the B&C story you must read Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie And Clyde by Jeff Guinn - it's fascinating and considered to be THE definitive true story) but it's shockingly dull and silly.  Bonnie was not the brains nor the driving force behind Clyde and his gang (which, by the fucking way, where was the gang? B&C were rarely alone and they almost always had several other members).  Clyde's premonitions was a huge load of crap.  The whole idea of condensing the media down to one reporter (who gets an armed visit from Bonnie insisting she be mentioned in her articles and plays a larger role) is so poorly done.  I mean seriously, she tells her editor that she predicts (after Bonnie was captured, testified in court that she was innocent, and released) that Bonnie will re-join Clyde and there will be lots of car chases and violence ahead and with her pulling the trigger.  Wow.  William Hurt does a good job as Robert Hamer, the man who hunted them down to the last.  They even have a scene early on where Clyde meets Hamer before either had reason to know the other's name.  This is an utter waste of time not only historically but cinematically.  This film is a waste of time and resources.  You're much better off watching the still wildly inaccurate BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967).  At least that one is one helluva great film regardless of truth... and that's OK by me.

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