“Bonnie and Clyde” is usually only available on disc from Netflix, but I was able to find a version on rent from Amazon again. I didn’t actually mean to choose this movie to be watched on Valentine’s Day. That being said, it is actually an okay movie to watch for that sort of holiday, in a weird sort of way.
To say that this film is a romanticized version of the actual events that took place in the lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow would probably be a bit of an understatement. There are a few major skipped events, but unless you are a depression-era gangster history buff, you aren’t likely to catch the errors. Plus, I’d imagine no one wants to hear you gripe while they’re watching.
Although the story may not stick to actual events most of the time, it is still exciting enough to keep an audience interested. Sometimes gets a little disjointed, especially at the beginning, but hits its stride in the second act.
Great parts by everyone, and there are plenty of scenes that focus on character development. Beatty and Hackman are great as the Barrow brothers, who treat their career as the family business. Dunaway is great as the headstrong headcase Bonnie, who helps to drive the plot.
The set are very period, as well as the props and costumes. The shots are pretty solid, but the action scenes can get a little confusing at times, which can really bring them down.
The sound is fine, but the effects are where it’s really at. The film does not shy away whatsoever from the violence that was on tap in Bonnie and Clyde’s lives, right up until the end. Apart from showing the violence, it’s also well done, especially for the period.
A good movie made up of lots of good pieces. Pretty fun to watch too.
Not sure who to really recommend this to. Definitely good for film nerds, or fans of gangster films I guess.
P.S.- The reason I watched this movie was because it was also on the AFI 100 quotes 100 movies list with the line: “This here is Miss Bonnie Parker. I’m Clyde Barrow. We rob banks.”