Tag Archives: Paul Newman

Road to Perdition is a path not taken by many

23 Oct

Director Sam Mendes creates a visual masterpiece with his gangster film, Road to Perdition. A story about a 1930s mob enforcer named Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) who is betrayed by his boss (Paul Newman) because Sullivan’s son witnesses a murder. Harlen Maguire (Jude Law) is a skillful, but sadistic assassin with an odd obsession of photographing his victims. Sullivan and his surviving son will meet Maguire in a town called Perdition.

The film’s pace is deliberate and each scene is meticulously done. Director of Photography Conrad Hall’s shots are absolutely beautiful. His use of lighting delivers audiences to a time when Tommy Guns were the answer to a gangster’s problems.

Unlike, most gangster films, this film is about the relationship between a father and son. Their journey to Perdition is not easy and the film’s title suggests there will be some kind of reckoning. It’s a road not Taken in Hollywood to often, but audiences will be pleased they did.

WORD COUNT: 160

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: B

Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid still ride on

10 Oct

Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) easily have the all-time coolest names of any outlaw tandems. George Roy Hill directs William Goldman’s Academy Award winning script as an adventurous western that borrows some factual events from the real life outlaws, but for the most part is a film inspired by “true events”.

Newman and Redford give memorable performances and the script provides enough action for audiences to get behind the bandits, even when they flee to Bolivia. The two characters; friendship push the film forward, but the on going tension between them keeps this film interesting. This movie is not one of the best westerns made, but it does haves some endearing qualities that keeps this film in the conversation.

WORD COUNT: 124
Chuck’s Grade: B
Adam’s Grade: B+