Sunday, February 28, 2010

review: The Wild Bunch

Less than 20 minutes in and I already have a feeling that I am going to hate this movie. Mostly because of the opening sequence. First of all, you see a bunch of kids looking at something, and then you see what it is they are "playing" with. A couple of scorpions in a nest of red ants. *shudder* Then, you have those shoot-out in which you are immediately informed that this is not going to be a pleasant movie. As the group goes back out of town, they pass children again, and to end their game, they put hay in the nest and light it on fire. Lovely children, aren't they?
So, immediately, you don't like anyone in this movie.
It does not get much better. At least, not for me.
It is highly honored though. It was nominated for 2 Oscars for Screenplay and Score. It is also on numerous top lists including AFI's Top 100 movies, Top 100 Thrills, and 10 Top 10 Genre.
The overall idea sounds appealing - an aging group of outlaws try to pull one last job. But - something goes wrong and it turns into something like 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' with a betrayer from the old gang.
The acting is also quite fine. A wonderful group of actors including William Holden and Ernest Borgnine. Design is ... I don't know - just there. Direction - I don't know.
This is one I would have to watch again to gain any appreciation other than what I have said.
2 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

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