The Highwaymen (2019)


“Governor, this has to end!” – Lee Simmons

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two retired lawmen are brought in to try and find a way to capture Bonnie and Clyde during their famous crime spree.

My Take on it – This is a film that immediately piqued my interest when I heard about it since it stars two great actors who might both be considered slightly past their prime.

This is a film that is able to give us a very unique perspective of the crime spree perpetrated by the infamous gang of Bonnie and Clyde during the 1930’s.

The choice of using Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson in the main oles of this film were quite intelligent since both of them have had experience portraying characters that seem washed up and must find their way back to their prime conditions in order to accomplish their duty.

This film gives us a story that is told from a different viewpoint than most people are used seeing when it comes to this famous story.

The way that these characters use the methods of the “old days” in order to find a way to track fugitives who seem to be invincible and untrackable is done really well throughout.

I also liked the choice to keep the story solely focused on these two lawmen and only show Bonnie and Clyde form low angles because it gives the viewer the opportunity to see that certain stories that seem complete black or white are truly something more in between.

Bottom Line – Enjoyable film that gives us a very different perspective on the whole Bonnie and Clyde crime spree. Costner and Harrelson are both great choices for these roles since they both are actors that know how to play washed up characters who need to get themselves back into shape.  Really liked the perspective of the story and how they show us the way that these men use their experiences from the “old days” in order to try and track the untrackable.  The choice to keep the story focused on these two men instead of the Famous crime duo also works quite well because it allows us to see a very different side of things that can no longer be seen as being just black or white. Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was originally set up as a collaboration between Robert Redford and Paul Newman, but due to Newman’s death in 2008, Redford left the project. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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