Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Here's a movie with not just one, but TWO characters you don't give a damn about!
Here's a movie with not just one, but TWO characters you don't give a damn about!

Genre: Drama

Starring: Jon Voight (Deliverance; National Treasure), Dustin Hoffman (Meet The Fockers; Straw Dogs)

Directed By: John Schlesinger (Pacific Heights; Marathon Man)

Overview: A man moves to New York to strike it big as a hustler. He and his crippled, sickly new friend try to eke out a meager existence.

Performance:

I was frankly let down by Jon Voight's role. I don't know if it's the fact that I didn't like his character, or that the film overall was convoluted, but it's no Deliverance, that's for sure. What can you say about Hoffman? He's a genius, but the direction overall didn't impress.
Rating: 6

Cinematography:

There was a scene in a drug bar that really worked, some of the cut scenes flashing back to our hero's youth were decent and attempted artistry, but I also noticed some really weak camerawork from time to time, stuff that made be raise an eyebrow. Let's say good but distracting.
Rating: 6

Script:

"I'm walkin' here! I'm WALKIN' HERE!"

Yep. The famous line that everyone spouts, having no clue where it's from except 'New York'. Well that's Dustin Hoffman smacking the hood of a cab that gets too close. Sadly, there is nothing else memorable about this script. I really liked the young woman's role during the sex scene, but sadly it doesn't hold up the rest, and they say 'Fag' way too often.
Rating: 6

Plot:

The story is a good premise: Man goes in search for dreams, finds sick loser, misery loves company, great. The trip however was this messed up all-over-the-place ride without any real direction. There's a party, there pneumonia, there's some grungy NYC living. Search me, didn't do it for me at all.
Rating: 5

Mood:

This film opens with some of the worst music you'll ever hear. Get used to it, because they play it over and over. Did I mention how convoluted this film was? I don't know exactly what High-Art this director was trying to pull, but most of the time, it was just bad editing, but was Oscar-nominated for Best Editing. This is why I don't watch the Oscars...
Rating: 6

Man, like it's so artsy, you know, so real. It's like the New York you know, man. You know, the BORING one.
Man, like it's so artsy, you know, so real. It's like the New York you know, man. You know, the BORING one.

Overall Rating: 58% (Don't Bother To Dig In Your Spurs, No Matter What Time It Is)
Aftertaste:

This won THREE Academy Awards! Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay. Everyone in 1969 must have been high! This was not a good film! There were some pretty impressive scenes and I got the cultural message, but Holy, it must have been a slow year for film! Me and my guest found this film just plain strange. Bleh.

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You gave Babes In Arms a higher rating than this? Are YOU high?!?!!!

    Ok, enough of the posts disagreeing with your reviews, I peomise that the next comment I leave will be positive! I swear!


Hahaha, Liam, you're a peach! Just for the record, I didn't like Babes in Arms either, but point well taken


i disagree on this one,well to me this movie is art(give me something new everytime).(Don't Bother To Dig In Your Spurs, No Matter What Time It Is)pls pls pls rewatch.

 


I know I will be giving it another chance.It doesn't make sense that I didn't appreciate it the first time either.

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