Monday, September 18, 2017
Late Summer Western #15 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid **** (1969)
Watch enough movies you start to learn things about yourself. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is one of those, I prefer it to the other great Western of its time The Wild Bunch. Peckinpah's film is about a bunch of old angry dudes who are cruel and hopeless. At least Scorsese's psychopath gangsters had a sense of humor. Butch and Sundance, as played by Newman and Redford, take life with a grain of salt, smirking and wisecracking through life with a peculiar courage, but courage nonetheless. They're outlaws because they got nothing better to do. They know the Old West is fading so they leave and give it a go in Bolivia. An existentialist tale for the weary; they're irreverence blended with bathos leaves a more lasting impression than slow motion violence. All to a Burt Bacharach score!