Sunday, August 23, 2015

1974 - THIEVES LIKE US, boring make that very boring Robert Altman film

This is the kind of self indulgent film that really hurt Robert Altman's career not that he would probably have cared very much.  This is a love story/crime drama set in the rural south.  Thieves Like Us is almost the antithesis of Bonnie and Clyde.

Altman lingers on the atmosphere and the character touches throughout the film at the complete expense of audience involvement.  There is just absolutely no way you can get interested in these stupid rural redneck characters must less stay awake watching them which was a major challenge by the way.

As for the cast, were there ever less charismatic romantic leads than Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall?  At least Bonnie and Clyde had Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to engage the audience.  Between the mumbling of Carradine and Duvall and Altman's notorious manipulation of the film's soundtrack with his multi channel mix it's almost impossible to hear the dialog.  Well at least the film looks kind of cool particularly with some soft dreamy long shots at the beginning of the film.

However films like this pass their phony indulgence as "Art" at the expense of the viewer.

123 minutes.

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