100 things to do in 1000 days; #34/55: Watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Well, that was interesting.
I don’t watch a lot of movies, so I’m pretty out of the loop on things that happened within the last 10 years, never mind the last 50. So I had no idea what to expect when popping Butch in the DVD player. Whatever tentative expectation-suggestions I had, they certainly wouldn’t really have prepared me for the tonally, thematically, and anachronistically bizarre music choices as they played over montages of bike-riding, New York-ing it up, bank robberies, and horse chases. Redford and Newman were really fun as the two leads, although Redford’s character veered from wonderfully deadpan to needlessly cruel (pretty much always to his girlfriend, played by Katharine Ross), and the humour was well-done, for the most part. The train robbery and escape were the most entertaining in terms of comedy and pacing, while the end kind of lost its way as it dragged on, but I’m glad I saw it. Sure puts a lot of Blazing Saddles into perspective.
In short, I agree with a lot of what the Times review had to say. The movie did not seem to know what it wanted to be, and I would have been much happier with a full length farce than the drama-coma-wtf that we got, but it’s always fascinating to watch this kind of cultural history for the first time.