A Boring Hunt for Bonnie & Clyde
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, outlawed, have long fascinated the public. Hollywood has told their story many times with a glamorous touch. The Highwaymen takes a different point of view. Bonnie and Clyde are described as ruthless killers without regard for their victims. A legendary Texas Ranger and his partner were retired to end the carnage by any means necessary. The Highwaymen has a good representation and dusty representation of the southwestern depression. But fails to understand with his laboriously slow methodology.
In 1934, Texas, Clyde Barrow (Edward Bossert) and several accomplices escaped from a working gang in prison; with the help of his sweetheart friend Tommy (Emily Brobst). They coldly kill a prison guard. Governor "Ma" Ferguson (Kathy Bates) has had enough violence from Bonnie and Clyde as newspapers and the public are losing their heads. Although she disbanded the Texas Rangers, Ferguson allowed the hiring of retired Captain Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner). Revered by the forces of order, Frank Hamer was uncompromising and deadly. Kill over fifty men during a particularly brutal fight.
Hamer's first order of the day was to match the firepower of Bonnie and Clyde. Armed to the teeth, he then hires his former partner, Benjamin "Maney" Gault (Woody Harrelson). Gault followed Hamer's orders, but his guilt was enormous because of the tactic of not taking any prisoners. The two men follow Bonnie and Clyde as their criminal adventure stops new innocent lives. While more than a thousand police and FBI agents fumble in their research, Hamer knows that a clandestine one still goes home. Bonnie and Clyde finally played their game.
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by John Lee Hancock. He worked with Kevin Costner on A Perfect World and is also known for The Blind Side and The Founder . Hancock's films are strong characters, with minute details. He remains faithful to his form with The Highwaymen . Hamer and Gault are as sturdy as leather mache, old dogs come back on their smell. They marvel at the state-of-the-art technology of wiretapping and two-way radios. Their travels to poverty-stricken, hopeless cities exemplify the popularity of Bonnie and Clyde. Desperate people regarded them as the Robin Hood of the new age, flying in the cruel banks that invaded their homes. Hancock never shows Bonnie's pretty face or her stylish hair, her lame foot trailing as she executes her victims. The character work and settings of Hancock are the best parts of the movie.
The Highwaymen quickly loses its vigor. Hamer and Gault spend most of the film search. Hancock becomes too granular in his detective work. I can appreciate the concentration, but it becomes boring. The Highwaymen is terribly slow during most of his time of execution. This should not be the case when hunting for such ruthless criminals. Hancock and screenwriter John Fusco needed to boost the investigation. It is disappointing that the aspect of law enforcement is so commonplace. This is a strange failure if we take into account the time and resources devoted to the operation. The Highwaymen should be a gripping film, covered with bullets. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are a bit lost here.
The Highwaymen is currently in a limited edition in cinemas. The world premiere will be held on the Netflix streaming service this Friday the 29th. This looks good but needed more excitement. Bonnie and Clyde are mythicized as famous criminals. The Texas Rangers who found them deserve a more engaging movie.