Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

So before I start my review of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid let’s make a pact to ignore the fact that I’m only on movie three of twenty five. Clearly I was having a moment of silly when the idea to watch 25 new films in 2013 popped into my head. So thanks for not dwelling on this severe error and let’s get down to the business of reviewing this film.

This promises to be one of the quickest review I’ve ever done, as I really did not enjoy this film. I tried to watch it on Saturday night and just did not get into it. I found it really boring, had no idea what was going on and just found that I couldn’t enjoy it. So I gave up after half an hour. Really bad of me I know, I totally should have persevered but I just couldn’t face it. I knew I’d sit through the whole thing bored out of my mind, so it seemed far more logical to watch something else – The Fall. For me this was a classic case of me assuming a film would be absolutely brilliant as I’d heard so many good things, when actually I’d built it up to much in my head and it couldn’t come close to meeting those expectations. Oops, but on the plus side I’ve ticked another film off my list – yeah to me!

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Casablanca

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I watched the second movie from my 25 classic films I MUST watch list at the weekend and I absolutely loved it! I think Casablanca is now on my top ten favourite films of all time list, it was so brilliant and 100% lived up to my super-high expectations! I’m so pleased about this as I wanted to love this film and was worried I wouldn’t after the catastrophe that was Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I think it helped that the characters were flawed but likeable and that it was a genuinely interesting plot; yes you could guess certain things would happen but that certainly didn’t spoil it. And there was still enough of a plot that you couldn’t work out yourself, thanks to all the double-crossing and lies. Plus it was a genuinely funny film.

Likes:

  • The quotes that I didn’t know I knew! Obviously I knew ‘Here’s looking at you, kid‘ was from Casablanca. But I hadn’t realised that ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine‘ and ‘We’ll always have Paris‘ were from Casablanca and I love that I now know this!
  • Sam, how brilliant was Sam?! He was such a nice guy and a brilliant friend to Rick but most importantly his voice was wonderful. When he was singing ‘As Time Goes By’ it was one of my favourite moments of the entire film. Also, how did I not know this song was from Casablanca – mind blown!
  • Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman were amazing! Having never seen either of them in a film before I was expecting them to be brilliant but I can’t believe how good they actually were. Also their chemistry was amazing, what an excellent pairing they are.
  • Victor Laszlo, Elsa’s husband was a great character. I loved how even though you wanted Elsa and Rick to end up together as they truly loved each other, you still rooted for and liked Victor, which isn’t usually the case in these sorts of films.
  • Captain Louis Renault is another brilliant character. I love his role throughout the story and how, in a way, he ends up saving the day!
  • Dislikes:

  • I only really have one bug-bear with this film and that’s the overuse of the music from ‘As Time Goes By’. Literally this tune is used the entire way through and to be honest it gets a bit repetitive. I think it would have been better to create another tune to use throughout, as I’ve been humming the song repeatedly ever since and during the film it was rather distracting!
  • Favourite Bit:
    I absolutely loved the ending, it was absolutely perfect. It was wonderful to see what two people will do for someone who they love that much. Both Rick and Elsa knew that they were sacrificing something for someone they loved, and putting someone else’s happiness above their own and that’s a phenomenal thing. What a beautiful way to end a thoroughly wonderful film.

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s

    So I’ve finally done it, I’ve watched one of the films off of my 25 classic films I must watch list, whoop! Last night I settled down to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s armed with popcorn and to be honest I wasn’t really a fan of the film. In fact I found it quite disappointing, I’m not sure all the fuss about this film is warranted. So below is my little reviewing system for the films I watch this year as part of this list.

    Likes:
    * Holly’s flat – her sofa is half a bath, WANT!
    * New York – I love any film set in New York, although I wish we’d seen a bit more of it.
    * Holly’s perfume holder – I loved where she kept her mirror and perfume, genius!
    * The shoplifting scene was genuinely brilliant and I couldn’t stop laughing.
    * The taxis – I thought a New York yellow cab was the coolest cab alive. Oh no these colourful classic cars win hands down.
    * Cat – he was super cute and did the best facial expressions, especially when he was soaked!
    * George Peppard – I loved him and his character and loved his utter bewilderment at the beginning when faced with Holly as well as his speeches in the library and taxi.

    Dislikes:
    * Holly Golightly – I really really didn’t like the character of Holly. I found her annoying, pathetic, stupid and so incredibly selfish. There wasn’t any redeeming quality that I could see in her and I certainly didn’t empathise or feel sympathy for the situations she got into.
    * The Japanese neighbour – what the hell was that about?! Why was he a fake Japanese person? Why did he even need to be Japanese? WHAT!
    * The plot – what actually happened? Barely anything as far as I could tell. I wasn’t expecting action or fights but I honestly thought there’s be a bit more meat to the story than a couple meeting, there being complications – ex husband, he’s a gigolo, money and prison – and then it’s all fine in the end.
    * Audrey Hepburn – I’ve never watched her in a film before and I have to say I didn’t think she was that great. I mean yes she’s beautiful and stylish but I didn’t think her acting was amazing considering how she’s spoken about by people.

    Favourite bit:
    When Paul freaks out at Holly in the taxi at the end and storms off in the rain to look for Cat.

    25 classics films I MUST watch

    So here it is. My list of films to watch over the coming year, as I’ve already mentioned these are the classic films that I’ve yet to watch that apparently are absolute classics and I’m crazy not to have seen! Hopefully I can watch all of these in 2013, I mean that shouldn’t be too hard to do after all as it’s only one every two weeks – easy peasy! That should even leave me time to watch some of my favourite films like Mulan, The Lion King and Crazy, Stupid Love as well – I can’t become too cultured after all!

    An Affair to Remember
    Annie Hall
    Born Yesterday
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    The Breakfast Club
    Brief Encounter
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Cabaret
    Casablanca
    Cocktail
    Die Hard
    Doctor Zhivago
    Gone with the Wind
    Goodfellas
    Heat
    Kramer vs. Kramer
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Once Upon a Time in America
    Rain Man
    Rocky – all of them
    The Godfather – all three films
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    The Great Escape
    West Side Story
    The Wizard of Oz

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