The Highwaymen (2019)

Directed by John Lee Hancock

Starring Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates

I want to start by saying that I like films based around this era of cops and robbers. Public Enemy that dealt with the FBI pursuing John Dillinger was a great film, the classic Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty is one film I want to see. It is almost unbelievable how these things happened. This film also come from Netflix, my provider of movies for these times. I read something interesting about the production, it was intended for it to be a movie reuniting Robert Redford and Paul Newman, that would have been great.

The film follows Frank Hamer as he is hired to track and kill Bonnie and Clyde. Bonnie and Clyde were a couple known for bank robberies and they killed officers along the way. Maney Gault a former member of a group known as the Rangers from where he knew Frank goes along with him to track the couple.

It is a sad thing that I have to admit, the film focuses only on the side of the officers tracking them down and it felt a bit boring. Boring because what makes this kind of film interesting is both sides being shown, this film was one-sided and at least for me that it’s where the movie just felt boring. That does not take away from what these two men did in capturing those two criminals. What worked for Public Enemies, for example, is that it showed both sides, the feds and Dillinger and his exploits. I say it is sad because by no means can I endorse what Bonnie and Clyde did and who they were, but looking at it from a distance it is fascinating to see these characters and what motivated them. One thing I did like in the movie is how they touch that very subject, how these criminals were idolized at the time and the cops were perceived as the bad guys. It was sad to see how the people were crying and reacting to them dying as if heroes died. It is not a bad film at all, it is interesting in many ways, but it did feel like a long film, longer than it was. The film gets better towards the end where they get to the plot that did end with the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde and having the pictures and footage of the car after the shots, it is shocking. I do like these films because I like history, whether it is documentaries or films, it always interests me, and that is why I stuck with the film even if it was a bit slow.

The performances are solid. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are proven actors and here they are both in their best game. Kathy Bates is also good in the scenes she is in. The cast overall was very good.

Like I said it is not a bad film but yet it lacked something. It lacked a suspense factor I can’t say exactly what. It is a good option for these times because it helped pass the time. The performances are worth seeing.

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