Thieves are no good, but when they’re this charming you can let things slide. Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid like to rob banks and robbing banks is what they’re good at. Unfortunately some folks didn’t take too kindly to these repeat thefts and when a super posse heads out to hunt them down, the two men’s lives change for ever. A true story and a mostly true film. I’m not sick of Westerns yet!
The story paints these two thieves as incredibly likable guys. Butch packs charm and charisma causing even the people he’s robbing to smile while Sundance plays the quiet cool one, though comes alive when he interacts with Butch. Together they make the ultimate comedy duo with smarts to help them out of tricky situations.Until the posse hunts them down after too many train robberies anyway. The charming tale of two cheerful thieves turns into a race for their lives, though it avoids descending to far down the moody route, the two men’s quips always give an optimistic view.
They eventually make it to Bolivia with the lovely Etta Place which leads to more comedic robberies. It all ends with that iconic moment, and the light tone dipping into darkness brings an emotional ending. It balances comedy and danger perfectly and apart from a bit too much running the pace is kept brisk. The music particularly helps form the balance and for a western it has some catchy poppy tracks to express the fun.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a western with a heart and one which is constantly quotable. Some of the quips might fall into the silly 60’s Batman category but there is rarely a moment for cringing, the dynamic duo are taking stage and taking you for the ride.