Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Overlooked Movies -- Bandidas

There are people who don't care for this movie, but I am not one of them. 

Let's start with the cast.  We have Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as beautiful but inept odd-couple bank robbers who ride through the Wild West with perfect hair and makeup.  I love it.  Then we have Dwight Yoakum chewing up all available scenery as the cruel land baron who tries to kill their fathers and succeeds with one.  Sam Shepard is the bank robber who knows the ropes and agrees to teach them the trade.  Steve Zahn is the intrepid detective who's hunting them down but who changes sides when he realized what's what.  Not to mention a great dog and horse.

Besides the good cast there's the color.  Not the washed out "everything should be brown or brownish" color of all the supposedly color movies these days but genuine color that goes for the whole palette.  Everything looks great. 

The plot offers nothing new, and things go just the way you'd expect them to, but so what?  Add all this up and you get what I'd call some wonderful light entertainment, but you know how easy to please I am.  You can watch the trailer posted below, and if that doesn't do anything for you, you can always watch Winter Light or Leaving Las Vegas again. 

12 comments:

Jeff Meyerson said...

Jackie agrees with you 100% on this one. How can you go wrong with Salmaand Penelope Cruz? Steve Zahn was also a good choice.

Jeff

pattinase (abbott) said...

Being easy to please must have made life easier and more fun.

Unknown said...

It's made it easier to find movies to enjoy, at least.

James Reasoner said...

Love this movie. Might be time to watch it again. I believe it's one of ol' Mean Pete's favorites, too.

Todd Mason said...

I have No problem enjoying this, WINTER LIGHT and LEAVING LAS VEGAS, even if I did find the Cage character's utter commitment to slow suicide somewhat unconvincing. Having Elizabeth Shue as in that film that engaged with me would tend to adjust my perspective.

George said...

This sounds great! I'm ordering it RIGHT NOW!

Unknown said...

You can't go wrong.

Jeff Meyerson said...

We have it coming too. Jackie says she didn't see it so I must have confused it with another movie.

Jeff

Unknown said...

It's no CITIZEN KANE, but I think you'll like it.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Since Jackie is no big fan of CITIZEN KANE I'm sure that won't be an issue. Our copy of BLACK MOON RISING arrived yesterday.

Jeff

Unknown said...

You two are in for some high-class entertainment.

Mel Odom said...

I had a great time with this one too.