A comedy Western that plays more like a buddy cop film than a Western!
Written By: William Goldman
Directed By: George Roy Hill
I’m going to keep this review relatively short, because it is a short review type of film. What works really works, but there isn’t anywhere near the intricacies or depth to the film as most people proclaim. There certainly are elements that are intricate and slick, but for the most part Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is a fun, if rather frivolous and shallow buddy film.
This is a funny movie and there is loads of chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford. It’s not the best work of either man because they honestly don’t have a lot to work with. But, what they do is make the most of what they are given and that creates a situation with two slick and funny characters in an otherwise bland and uninteresting world. The scenery is well used in some scenes, especially the scenes during the posse chase and the final shootout. But in other moments it seems so small and sparse, almost as if they wanted it to not look like a Western and I can’t understand that choice.
On the negative side, at least what I haven’t already touched upon, there wasn’t much to Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. Yes, it was funny, yes Butch and Sundance were slick, cool and fun to watch, but that’s about it. There honestly isn’t much to rag on Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid for, but it really is a very shallow movie that is one note and once you get past that note you realize how cursory the film actually is.
In short, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid is a lot of fun, but don’t expect more than that. Enjoy the interactions between Redford and Newman. Revel in their slickness and how cool they are, and the nice final touch with their I love you moment without actually saying the words before they meet the coalition of forces arrayed against them. However, outside of slickness and fun you won’t get much else, but if you enjoy Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid for what it is you should have a good time with it.