Talk about surprises, this film took me by storm…
It was the early hours of the winter solstice, part
of the world was thinking maybe it was over, and
the larger part knew we had at least 4 billion years
left to figure it out, and I was waiting for the dawn
to allow the light to strike my retina and encode
myself to the new dawn of the new cycle.
“Bandits” is the tale of two escaped convicts turned
bank robbers, who wear amazing disguises like Return
of Neil Young Sideburns, and very creative wigs,
and pick up Cate Blanchett along the way.
She is a seductively amazing creature, with glowing
red hair and smokey luminous eyes, who creates
delightful chaos between Billy Bob Thornton and
Action, physical comedy and priceless lines…
“She’s an iceberg waiting for the Titanic…” and
“I suffer from Fear of growing Smaller” and
“I read about how they use electric shock to prove
that cockroaches have feelings” roll on through the
film, yet all is smooth as a lavendar smoothie.
Billy Bob has the best lines and impeccable timing,
with a pace that is never hurried or contrived.
He’s at his best, with a Perfect part for him..
Filmed along Hwy 1 in California and Oregon, I felt
quite at home, with romantic gettaways and coastal
vistas, and the music was a collection that actually
tempted me to buy the soundtrack.
Dylan, Bono, and Mark Knopfler add to the smoothie feel,
while warming every corner of this artfully lighted film.
This is a Must See, with a huge surprise played by
Troy Garity, who steals nearly every scene he’s in…
It was like watching early Jack Nicholson, your eye
unable to turn away from his slow and kinky play
with the character… he’s part of the Fonda dynasty,
and I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Don’t Miss it!!! I can’t believe it’s fully 11 years old.