Excerpt: Most people are familiar with the story of Butch Cassidy courtesy of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In the 1969 classic, the story of two bank robbers concludes when they end up in a shootout with hundreds of Bolivian army soldiers. Largely thought to be the end of the matter by the general public, the legend has become one of great debate; if the many folks claiming Butch Cassidy was still alive more than twenty years after the...
Conclusion: 'Blackthorn' is an interesting alternate take on the Butch Cassidy story. Despite a few hiccups here and there, the film succeeds thanks to strong performances, occasionally breathtaking visuals, and an ultimately thoughtful rumination on friendship and morality. The video transfer is very strong and the audio mix is solid. While not loaded with supplements, the included special features are interesting and informative.
Excerpt: It's been twenty years since famed bank robbers Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were reportedly gunned down in a shootout with local authorities in Bolivia. However, reports of their death were greatly exaggerated: Butch (Sam Shepard, The Right Stuff ) is still alive and well in Bolivia, living under the name of James Blackthorn. At long last, he's decided it's time to move along and head back to the states.
Excerpt: It’s obvious from the start where Blackthorn is going; given the grim, elegiac cynicism of modern Westerns, which these days all seem to be mourning the demise of an old way of life rather than celebrating or even just comfortably exploring the past, there’s only one possible ending for a story about the redemptive power of friendship.
Excerpt: On my way out of the media screening for Mateo Gil's Blackthorn , I overheard someone calling it a "standard Western"--as if that would be a bad thing, if there were any such thing anymore. Making a Western these days is anything but standard; they're enough of a novelty that it's still worth being thankful when we get one, and not dismissing it for being less than a masterwork.
Conclusion: Sam Shepard is the man. There's no doubt about that, especially after seeing his performance as the aging Butch Cassidy, who--dammit--just wants to get back to the U.S. of A and live his life in peace. Blackthorn may not be quite as good as some other recent westerns--like the Coen brothers' remake of True Grit --but it's certainly worth a look if you're jonesing for more outlaw action. Worth a rental, at least! Did you find this review helpful?
Summary: Joining Anonymous and Inglourious Basterds in the yeah-nah of historical fiction is this disappointingly tame snapshot into Butch Cassidy’s hypothetical older years. Blackthorn could have been a badass character piece of True Grit proportions. Instead, it’s nothing more than a passable Western that makes you long for something memorable. More The first half drags its feet trying to develop Butch’s relationship with his underwritten Spaniard sidekick.
Conclusion: Robert LeRoy Parker alias Butch Cassidy oli 1800-luvun lopun villin lännen kuuluisimpia lainsuojattomia, ja hänen tarinansa on filmatisoitu aiemmin jo useampaan otteeseen. Cassidyn viimeisistä vaiheista ei ole saatu täytt&a ...