The untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.
The Highwaymen, firstly, almost didn’t get made. Having a hell of a time in development, the project nearly got started back in 2005. It began development with Universal pictures but never came to light. Netflix picked up the rights to the film in 2018 and was finally released in March 2019 as a period crime drama.
The film itself is set back in the 1930’s and is a story based on the notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. Beginning with the outlaws breaking some of their associates out of prison in gun slinging mayhem. The head honcho wants them caught and one of the members of her office hire former Texas ranger Frank Hamer. Hamer reluctantly brings along fellow former Texas Ranger Benjamin Maney Gault along for the ride and the man hunt begins.
After the initial gunfight in the opening scene the movie slows right back down, there are a few minor scenes of excitement but personally I felt the film tended to drag out. Being a 2hr 12min long film I was prepared for it to do so in parts maybe just not to the extent it did.
When the film did tend to pick up (which seemed to take forever) it was still very hot and cold as was the trail Hamer and Gault followed.
The ending to the film was also very anticlimactic and I was left with a “Was that it?” Kind of feeling, to me it really wasn’t worth sitting the 2 hours to watch.
Directed by John Lee Hancock and featuring a heavy hitting star cast including Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carrol Lynch and Kim Dickens, I really expected much more from The Highwaymen and more excitement. Waste of the $49 million budget to make.
Review by Steph Suter-James.