One of cinema’s gems and or me, lives upto its name…well most of the times. This movie is a treat to watch mainly because of the pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford. They show have great chemistry and their quips to each other are a treat to watch.
The story is loosely based on the real life outlaws by the same names though certain things have been simplified for the sake of cinematic production. The story is of Butch and Sundance Kid as the main members of a gang of robbers who rob trains and in their free time charm the pants of people and of the people watching the movie. But good times don’t last long and they have to flee, eventually to Bolivia where they keep on doing more of the same. According to real life accounts they supposedly escaped and the movie’s climax can be looked at as indefinite for the same reason.
In between this simple story line is put the activities of the duo who alternate between heroism and comedy. They are shown as carefree who do what they do because that’s what they do best and can do no other. They make robbery seem like a romantic adventure with good doses of comic relief. They make you completely fall in love with them and you wish them all the best in even their hold-ups.
For all the above reasons, watch the movie. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable caper.
But for me, scratching the surface, there was not much beneath. The characters did not hold much depth for me and their inner personality comes out only in flashes in very few scenes. The Newman-Redford hold the whole fabric together with their staccato conversations, their eccentricities and their antics and of course their good looks. Beyond that, there is nothing much left over.
But nevertheless, its one hell of an enjoyable movie.