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

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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