Bonnie and Clyde, the Lifetime miniseries movie was not
quite what I expected. With The Hatfields and McCoys still
in my recent memory, I thought I was going to get a healthy
dose of historical fiction with a little high drama thrown
in, and Bonnie Clyde got some of it right. Aside from the
grating and faltering Southern accents, the movie wasn’t
exactly disappointing, but it certainly didn’t blow me away.
It had all the makings of a great movie, but somehow the sum
didn’t measure up to the individual parts.
Emile Hirsh plays Clyde Barrow much more sensitive than I
expected, and it was of great interest that he was believed
to have a second sight that helped them elude capture for so
long. . He is usually an amazing actor (just see Into the
Wild if you need convincing) but he is playing second-fiddle
to British actress Holliday Grainger’s Bonnie. The movie
gives little in the way of insight into their relationship,
but makes it quite obvious that Bonnie is the authority of
the duo, and Clyde struggles to keep her happy as she needs
more and more notoriety to feed her vanity. The movie
suggests that Clyde had little motive to be the criminal he
became other than to do what pleased Bonnie. She is not a
very sympathetic character, and her ego becomes unbearable
as their crimes worsen, and the consequences grow. It
becomes harder and harder for me to believe that a man like
Clyde would love a woman like Bonnie.
Clyde met Bonnie at her wedding to another man and he was
smitten with her from the start. It was his infatuation that
blinded him to her true nature, and allowed her to sway his
every decision -- every decision but his last. The movie
took liberties in the way in which it portrayed the duo, but
the chemistry was not as I would expect between two
characters with such infamous stories preceding them. I
never fully bought the passion that was supposed to exist
between them, and I certainly couldn’t imagine those two
being so love they would launch a full on crime spree fueled
solely by their passion for one another. But the movie was
well put together, and beautifully shot, so I am pleased
with the time I spent with it.
Bonnie & Clyde debuts
Dec 8th and Dec 9th as a
simulcast on Lifetime, A&E and History.
Lifetime®, A&E® and HISTORY® unite
for the first time to premiere a two-night major movie
Clyde Barrow (Emile Hirsch),
Bonnie Parker (Holliday
Grainger) and the notorious Barrow Gang as they commit
small-time robberies and daring bank heists, leaving
murdered police officers and civilians in their wake.
Rumored to have a sixth sense to see events before they
happened, Barrow was always able to stay one step ahead
of the law as his gang escaped capture time and again.
His one blind spot was Parker, who was intent on
becoming famous and fed on the alluring media attention,
pushing Barrow to commit riskier and more dangerous
crimes to generate bigger headlines and make them the
most famous criminals of the modern era. Also stars
Academy Award® winners William Hurt, Holly
Hunter and Sarah Hyland.
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