Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Directed by John Schlesinger

Starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight

In these where new movies are short in supply, the best option is going to the past and finally seeing classic films that I wanted to see. I saw this one on HBO Max and decided to give it a shot.

The film follows Joe Buck as he quits his job as a dishwasher to go to New York City to work as a male prostitute. As he gets there he quickly finds things are not as easy as he thought. One night he is conned by a guy he meets in a bar named Rizzo. The two form a friendship and struggle to get by.

I have to say that this film must have been groundbreaking for its times in the themes and how it was shot. I liked the way they edited together dream sequences with what was going on. This is a movie that I can recommend to hardcore drama movies or those who like films that rest completely on two characters and their journey. It reminded of the movie Scarecrow with Al Pacino and Gene Hackman, it was centered on the bond the two characters formed. The story is sad really, we know these characters are down on their luck and no hope for them is seen in where the movie keeps going. I did like the film and I am glad I saw it.

The only reason I would recommend this movie is mainly the brilliant performance by Dustin Hoffman playing the sick Rizzo. He is just perfect in his performance. Jon Voight also gives a great performance and is both of their performances what gives this movie status as a classic film in my opinion.

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