Review: The Highwaymen

Brandon’s Review: 

Why Hollywood hasn’t paired these two up to lead a movie until now, is beyond me.  Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson were perfectly matched to play the roles of Texas Rangers who were sent to hunt down the infamous criminals Bonnie & Clyde.  Costner plays the role of Frank Hamer, an aged out, ex-Texas Ranger and Harrelson plays his partner Maney Gault who joins him in the task of using their old-school tactics to track down and ambush Bonnie & Clyde.  It turns out that their experience as Texas Rangers gave them the edge needed to catch the lawless lovers, outperforming the FBI.  I was fascinated by this perspective as most depictions of this true story is from the point of view of Bonnie & Clyde.  Overall, the writing was outstanding, and the chemistry between Costner and Harrelson is perfect.  If you are a supporter of law enforcement and have any interest in the history of the Texas Rangers, you will enjoy The Highwaymen on Netflix.  The build up to the Bonnie & Clyde ambush is riveting and the climax does not disappoint.  Also, you see how most Americans supported Bonnie & Clyde and hailed them as heroes.  The filmmakers even point out that 20,000 people attended Bonnie’s funeral, and 15,000 people attended Clyde’s funeral.  Even though they were notorious cop killers, they were heralded as heroes.  I give The Highwaymen a big thumbs up.

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