April 19, 2009

Bonnie and Clyde

Title: Bonnie and Clyde
Year: 1967
Director: Arthur Penn
Writers: David Newman & Robert Benton
Starring: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons
Music: Charles Strouse
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Supporting Actress (Parsons) and Best Cinematography; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Beatty), Best Actress (Dunaway), Best Supporting Actor (Pollard), Best Supporting Actor (Hackman) and Best Costume Design; currently #213 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: an account of their bank-robbing career
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), September 2008
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad).
Objective Rating: 4/10 (gets points for dialog, pacing, acting and music) c. 2.1/4 (Okay).

It just sort of runs down a list of events with no story arc. The action scenes are the 60's equivalent of a Michael Bay movie: tropes strung together with lots of noise. Boring and pointless.

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