The Highwaymen (2019)

If you Google films about the iconic pair Bonnie & Clyde, you will notice there are at least a dozen of them. What you won’t find in that pile is a movie about the people who actually took the pair down for good.

Netflix jumped at the opportunity to bring the story of Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) to the big (small) screen. These two retired Texas Rangers came back to work to take down the country’s most notorious gangbangers.

I actually expected a lot more out of the film and story, but clearly, Costner and Harrelson were contained by the snailed pace screenwriting. These guys were retired and disregarded by their partners. There are a few chuckles in there about age and the side effects of the job, but really this film just showcased two old guys using their wisdom to plan traps.

There’s not a whole lot of action, and anytime Bonnie or Clyde shows up in the film, their scenes were shot from the waist down to keep the mysterious aura of their characters. It didn’t make much sense, but what do I really know about them.

I figured with our two-star leads, this movie would be an epic adventure to catch criminals. Instead, I was left with a slow, boring film about old guys trying to still make a difference in an era that has passed them by.

If you are into Bonnie and Clyde movies or stories, this film might be for you. Even if you like the brilliance that Costner and Harrelson bring to the screen, I’ll warn you that this film may disappoint you. Proceed at your own peril. 4/10


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