Friday, June 22, 2018
HELL OR HIGH WATER (2016)
"Well, long enough to watch a bank getting robbed that's been robbing me for 30 years."
Two adult brothers (who must have seen too many reruns of THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE on late night TV) start robbing small banks in West Texas to pay off their family ranch. That part, while not original, is interesting. Unfortunately, the filmmakers also decided that the film needed a cantankerous old lawman just shy of his retirement...cause, you know, that idea hasn't been done to death and back.
Anyway, HELL OR HIGH WATER is still a solid film. I liked the way it looked and relationship between the two brothers. More backstory would have added some much needed depth to their characters, but you can't have everything. Zero nudity, nice photography, good acting by everybody (even Jeff Bridges who comes across like a 200 year-old version of Wilford Brimley), a couple of entertaining shoot-outs, good musical choices (that song played by the douches at the gas station was hilariously bad), reasonable pace, Texas looking a hell of a lot like New Mexico.
If you need me, I'll be in the bathroom shitting like an old goat.
This really isn't part of the review, but I just wanted to give a special recognition to Margaret Bowman as the "T-Bone Waitress". She only had a few lines, but goddamn, she was absolutely perfect. I watched that scene six times! "So what don't cha want?!"