Tales From the Script comes to you today by way of Bolivia. ?? As you may recall, I celebrated completing Nano by watching “The Croods.” Later that evening I made it a double feature and, since my partner-in-crime was ready to fall asleep on the couch, I went to that section of the Netflix queue where the "study" films are.
Those are the movies that I haven't seen but are always referenced in articles about screenwriting, or have scenes used as examples. You should have them in your queue too, if you want to be a screenwriter.
|I still think Brad Pitt looks like Robert Redford.|
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was one such movie. I'd read some great things about it. I was pretty excited about watching it. Paul Newman and Robert Redford. And, interestingly enough, the woman who voiced the mother-in-law in “The Croods” was also in it! (Cloris Leachman, she played Agnes, the lady of the night that wouldn't stop talking.)
There were a few things that struck me about BCSK, but I think the first was that I should probably take a hit of something if I really wanted to appreciate it. Man.
I hate to say it, but this is not a film that clicked with me. I might even go so far as to say that I didn't get it.
It didn't bother me the way it did my [mostly] sleeping partner, but I failed to understand what all the fuss was about. It was long, several bits and pieces seemed random, and it lacked a suitable antagonist. I understand Butch was fighting himself, but he was also fighting the railroad, the bounty hunters, and the Bolivian authorities. It wasn't bad, but... again, what was all the fuss about?
I did think that the two main characters were developed very well. Especially Butch and I thought it was interesting that the #1 rule of horror films was demonstrated in this movie (you're safe until you do something immoral). The montages done with still photos and cantina piano were interesting. Long, but a nice artistic touch. Lastly, the climactic scene of the story was well played. I think it may have been the original blaze of glory, I couldn't think of an older film example but I've seen that seen done a few different times since.
So what did I think? I was disappointed, but westerns are not my genre and it had some great moments. I doubt I'll watch it again but I am glad to have finally seen it. I also suspect that, if I had seen it when it came out, I would feel a little differently about it. Sort of like reading “A Catcher in the Rye.”