Review in Brief: The Highwaymen (2019)

THE HIGHWAYMEN is solidly made, but you’ll struggle to stop it melting away in the back of your mind the moment it’s over. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson are both on form (moody and wisecracky, respectively) as the men who tracked down and shot Bonnie and Clyde. The glamorous bank robbers here are fleetingly seen ghosts with no romance to their brutal violence whatsoever, which is probably the way it should be. More of a discussion about the pair’s amoral allure would not have gone amiss. While the romance has been taken out of the crime and the chase, it has been put back into the scenery elegantly captured dappled in sunlight by DP John Schwartzman. Thomas Newman even gets to a little self-referencing in his very ROAD TO PERDITION-esque score, but the measured pacing and grumbly mumbly dialogue could have used something extra to make it all stick. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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