Arthur Penn brought to life the true story of Bonnie and Clyde in this 1967 American biographical crime film. The story of the two criminal lovers all began when Bonnie caught Clyde suspiciously checking out her mother’s car as if deciding whether or not he should steal it. Bonnie, being previously employed in the seemingly less-exciting world of waitressing, had been intrigued by Clyde’s bad boy lifestyle. There was an instant connection between the two and they ended up running off together and forming a gang in the process of figuring out how to successfully live off of committing crimes, including robbing banks.
I found the progression of Bonnie and Clyde’s relationship as the most interesting aspect of the movie. When they had first met, Bonnie was instantly attracted to Clyde even though Clyde tried his best to make it clear to her that he “ain’t no lover boy.” You can see the struggle he goes through throughout the film as he tries to figure out whether or not he wants to pursue an actual relationship with Bonnie. There was one scene in particular where they were alone in a bedroom and he tries to have an intimate moment with her. He kisses her but just before things can escalate he realizes what’s going on and he pulls away from her as he thinks about the situation. Every time she tries to show him affection he eventually pushes her away. It’s almost like he fears the thought of commitment. As the scene goes on, there are various shots of Bonnie’s face where you can see a combination of emotion ranging from shock to sadness, and from confusion to frustration, as she tries to understand Clyde and his thought process. Fortunately, he was able to finally give her what she was waiting for since the beginning, after she wrote a poem about the two of them that got published in the paper and turned Clyde into a “somebody.” They were able to accomplish all of this shortly before their lives were taken at the same time. That was the most satisfying part of the whole film.