Movie Recommend of the Week #10 – ‘The Sting’

the sting

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford and was directed by George Roy Hill.  “The Sting” sees these men teaming up for another movie that is an absolute classic.

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is a masterpiece of film and I would highly recommend it as well, the reason I’m not is because I think most people have at least heard of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whereas “The Sting” is at least a little lesser known.

REASONS TO WATCH

  • The acting of course is fantastic. Paul Newman is one of my favorite actors of all time, and his pairing with Robert Redford is one of the all time greatest screen duos.
  • The movie sets it’s tone perfectly and holds true throughout. The film tells a serious, competent story, but also manages to have a slight whimsical and comedic edge that makes it a lot of fun.
  • The music is great, if a bit limited. You will end up hearing the same song quite a few times throughout the movie, but whether or not you grow tired of it is a matter of personal experience. Personally, though I’ll admit the music is repetitive, it never stopped being enjoyable or fitting.
  • The movie is very long and is broken up into segments. The segments are connected with little musical interludes, and absolutely fantastic hand-made art panels. This artwork is magnificent and took a great deal of time and care.
  • There’s a degree of showmanship in “The Sting” that you just cannot find in modern cinema.
  • I’ve heard this film compared to “The Godfather“, and while they do have completely different styles, tones, and even focus, when comparing the two “The Sting” wins by a large margin. I know that “The Godfather” is often considered one of the best films ever made, but  I honestly think that “The Sting” is a much, much better film all around.
  • The Sting” is an absolute classic and is truly a masterpiece that stands the test of time.
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