I had heard a lot of good things about this film and I was very eager to watch it. I have recently been losing faith in the modern “buddy cop/buddy western” style of movie because of some recent stinkers. It’s not necessarily that the idea has been overdone, so much as it has been reduced to it’s most simplistic.
At its core, this style of plot has many strengths in both its relatable characters and easy to write plots. The problem is that many recent attempts at the genre have broken down what structure there was to both the plot and the characters until there wasn’t anything left. Thankfully, this hasn’t always been the case, as “Butch Cassidy” shows.
Classic-style western combined with “buddy” writing keeps the story flowing effortlessly, even if it doesn’t always make sense. The plot follows two outlaws in their exploits at the end of the “Wild West” period of American history.
Newman and Redford’s screen presences are amazing. The dialogue is very well-timed and the characters in the supporting cast are colorful and varied.
Epic wide-shots keep the movie feeling like part of a bigger world. The colors were vibrant and the reversion to sepia made the montage scenes feel more flavored, even if they were a bit long.
The gun-play is good and the special effects are real. The soundtrack is fun and it definitely feels like the movie was made in 1969.
A well put together comedy-adventure film that’s fun to watch.
Good for any fans of westerns or dialogue-driven comedies.