Monday, September 28, 2015

Bandits (2001) - 7 stars out of 10

Bandits (2001) - 7 stars out of 10

“Bandits” was a surprisingly good crime-comedy film.  Let’s take a minute to address the elephant in the room: Bruce Willis looks really bad with hair.  Now that we’ve cleared the air, I was really pleased with the unexpected turns and the comical characterization.  The script was well-written, beginning with an impossible situation that becomes believable as the movie progresses and then shifting the movie in a new direction that you don’t anticipate.  The ending is the best part, revealing clues that help you to slowly decipher what is actually happening instead of throwing a sudden twist in your face.  The real highlight of this film is the acting.  Comedies often rely on blatant jokes instead of quality acting, but the comedy in this film is a direct result of the chemistry between Willis and Billy Bob Thornton.  They are a true odd couple, particularly with the introduction of their X-factor, Cate Blanchett (the highlight of the film).  “Bandits” combines the best elements of a heist film, a chick flick, an action film, and a comedy to create a film full of laughter and intrigue.

[Pictured: The disguises just add to the fun]

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