When you spend 70% of your life watching movies, the worst thing people can ask you is: “Which is your favorite?”. C’mon guys, this is like Sophie’s Choice! So, best thing you can do is to pick some of the movies that set some sort of standards in your life. The movies you always compared everything to (and when I say “everything”, I really mean “everything” and not only “every other movie”), the movies you can quote over and over again, the movies you’ll never get tired to re-watch. I wanted to write my first post about one of those films but, needless to say, it felt like Sophie’s Choice nevertheless. So I just picked the oldest one, thinking that maybe writing this blog’s first post about an old movie, will help me set an higher level or credibility than, let’s say, Jurassic Park or The Hangover (but your time will come, guys. You rock!). Plus I have a thing for Paul Newman, so this made everything a little easier.
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, 1969, directed by George Roy Hill. Paul Newman is Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford is the Sundance Kid. I will not dwell on the plot, I think you all know the story of the two famous outlaws. Also, if I tell you the plot, I know I will inevitably give away the ending, which is quite something. So, suffice it to say: do not let the definition “western” scare you. Even if you don’t like the genre, you will love this movie. It’s about the ending of an era, the ending of the classic western iconography in favor of other genres contamination. It’s about the modern world coming in, in the form of bike… Have you ever seen a cowboy riding a bike, Raindrops are Falling on My Head as background music? You will (BTW, this is also one of the most romantic scenes ever). Have you ever seen a brave and charming cowboy get almost caught because he can’t swim and is terrified by water? You will. Irony is everywhere, and this definitely boost the charm of the young outlaws. You will laugh and you will cry, because in this movie there is everything: drama, comedy, romance, adventure. And there are also Paul Newman’s eyes and Robert Redford’s smile, which are enough to fill an entire lonely night.
On a side note, the script writer William Goldman tells the story of Butch Cassidy‘s production in his book Adventures of the Screen Trade. It’s such and in-depth, interesting and also hilarious look on this film’s behind the scenes.
“Boy, I got a vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals!”