The Complexities in the Con Artists

Of all the movies we’ve watched in class, I think Bonnie and Clyde is my favorite.  Sure, it was a bit violent but the story line and the characters had this unusual depth to them that did not require a two-hour movie to figure out.  For example, 400 Blows kept its audience guessing as to what was going on with Antoine.  I spent the whole movie trying to figure out whether it was his parents lack of care or his own stupidity that gone him to where he is.  He would either dig himself into a terrible situation or his parents would mistreat him, leaving audience cringing.  All this culminating into an unsatisfying, open ended ending.

With Bonnie and Clyde, there wasn’t this irritating guessing game.  Bonnie was revealed to be more than a pretty face who was in the right place at the right time, but rather a manipulative and intelligent young woman that was previously bored with life.  Despite being a pretty young thing with much potential, all she wanted was love and attention.  Clyde proved to be more than just a common criminal, rather a peace keeper that knew he was worth more than any old “lover boy.”  He proved to even have an insecure side, something not associated with his handsome, arrogant, crowd pleasing exterior.

This insecure side Clyde possessed was known to the audience but not to Bonnie (much to my satisfaction).  It took three rounds of very intense convincing before Clyde finally gave Bonnie what she wanted.  The way Bonnie desperately threw herself at Clyde, besides cracking me up, demonstrated the backwards logic this movie used for this point in time: the sexually desperate partner in the relationship was the female, females were intelligent, the robbing of banks and the open display of promiscuity was acceptable.

Though this movie romanticized a crazy couple’s crime spree, I appreciated it.  In the end, Bonnie and Clyde got to go down together in a glorious shower of bullets.  The unhappy movie sensor guys got their justice, teaching the young ones that no one gets away with crime, and we the audience got the satisfaction of knowing they didn’t die alone or rotting in a jail cell.  I guess that’s the closes to a “happily ever after” Bonnie and Clyde will ever get.  Although, Bonnie and Clyde do strike again through random bouts of song and dance since someone decided it would be a great idea to make this movie into a musical.


One thought on “The Complexities in the Con Artists

  1. This was my second favorite movie from this semester next to Run Lola Run. Warren Beatty is one of my favorite actors; somehow I didn’t know he starred in this film. I would have to agree with you that the characters unfolded their depth throughout the movie. In the beginning they seemed shallow and superficial, but as the movie played out they revealed their talent, weaknesses and unconventional love for one another. Very Romeo and Juliet with a criminal twist! loved it.


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