The first thing to know about the original movie Netflix The smugglers is not a biopic from the super group of countries that featured Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson (though it's a little surprising that one of those it has not arrived for them yet, is it?), or a biopic of the unrelated folk music act of the 1960s.
But this new film is still based on facts: Frank Hamer and Maney Gault, real Texas Rangers who were hired to apprehend (really, stalk and kill) the burglars of famous bankers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Darrow . Basically, it's the policing aspect of the 1967 classic film Bonnie and Clyde, with the famous outlaws observed at stoic distance. Here we try to answer all your urgent questions.
Who is in The Highwaymen?
Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson play with Hamer and Gault respectively. They spend a lot of time together in a car, even though it saddens us to say that the resemblance to True detective is mostly superficial. Harrelson, because of his charming character and more and more cheering, amuses a little more with his role; Costner embodies Bonnie and Clyde for sticking to the man (though the Costner character continually points to many naive desperate young models under Costner's direction). conference, they are also carefree murderers).
But who plays Bonnie and Clyde?
Emily Brobst and Edward Bossert, two professional stuntmen. It's not an action thriller, but Bonnie and Clyde have a ghostly presence. their faces are barely glimpsed until the second half, and even then, only briefly. It is difficult to say whether this is intended to make us forget how their reputation preceded them towards the end of their burglar career, or if the film tries to make them more frightening, but only makes them more mythological.
Who did it?
The director is John Lee Hancock. Hancock started as a screenwriter and wrote a few Clint Eastwood films in the '90s, including A perfect world, starring Kevin Costner (it's one of Costner's best performances, actually). As a director, Hancock briefly served as a version of a Disney version of Eastwood, sharing his interest at the end of his career for various pieces of Americana and its history. For Disney, he's had the expensive nightmare The Alamoand, with more success, Save Mr. Banks, a behind-the-scenes look at Mary Poppins and Walt Disney himself. Apart from Disney, he led the laughable Oscar nominee The blind sideand the more original and interesting story of McDonald's The founder. The smugglers s registered perfectly in his wheelhouse, for better and for worse.
Is there a trailer?
Of course! It advertises something a little more punchy and more vivid than what this movie really is, but to have:
How and when can you see it?
Technically speaking, The smugglers is out! As they sometimes do with their more publicized releases, Netflix gave this movie a short theatrical sequence beginning March 15, two weeks before its launch on the streaming service. These releases are rarely particularly varied, especially because most major movie theaters refuse to show movies for at least 90 days (ie, 90 days between theatrical releases and their home release). ). In Manhattan, for example, one of the biggest cities filming in the United States, The smugglers play on exactly one screen.
So how is it?
A little maniac, to be honest. It's hard to understand that in this speech Hamer and Gauilt are just not as interesting as Bonnie and Clyde played by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the 1967 film. The comparison is not fair, but it's is the one that the film invites by its very existence. As a 132-minute procedure, the film looks like a trail of feet; the tracking work displayed is methodical and, once again, he is responsible for serious mini-lectures on the danger of romancing these outlaws.
Although the film is a bit tired, Eastwoodian has fun with the advanced age of the main characters – Costner's Hamer is not made for even relatively minimal foot chases, and Harrelson's Gault must continue to stop to urinate – this is not the case to say much about it, except that these old ones can still do the job. There is no ambiguity in Hancock's behavior. The founder (Even in this film, he did not always feel comfortable). Costner had some late-career success with a miniseries of History Channel; The smugglers sometimes feels like one of these, in a condensed form but not yet concise.