Saturday, October 30, 2010
Bandits kicks off with two bank robbers, whose banter will probably remind you Newman and Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, arguing over a failed heist while the police surround the bank. Then it flashes back and of course shows us how they got in such a tough predicament. And the journey is completely entertaining, a little uneven, but overall pretty satisfying. The movie also reminded me of the The Sting, for some random reasons and because they share a similar climax. Bandits wouldn't have been any good at all if not for Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, who play bank robbers both in love with an emotionally lost woman (Cate Blanchett). The interesting thing is that she's sort of ambivalent about the two of them, perhaps in love with one, or maybe the other. Willis and Thornton, two actors who can handle comedy and drama with equal success, fully embrace these characters, and more importantly, have a plenty of fun doing it. Blanchett unfortunately doesn't ever find a comfort zone trying and failing to balance her comic, dramatic, and romantic dispositions. When it was over, I didn't feel anything for this movie. When I look at it, it seems pretty good, and definitely smarter than most comedies. Maybe the story wasn't even enough, or maybe the ending was too obvious, or maybe I simply wasn't in the mood to love it.