The Newton Boys (1998)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
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Richard Linklater's fifth feature is a major departure from his previous work -- his first big-budget picture, it's also the first of his films since his 1987 Super-8 effort "It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books" not set during his signature 24-hour time frame, offering instead a ravishing bankrobber period piece buoyed by a gentleness of spirit rare among movies of any genre. Its true story tells of the four Texas-born Newton brothers, who between 1919 and 1924 were the most
Mar 27, 1998 Wide
May 25, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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A handsome production that nicely evokes the 1920s and a likeable cast headed by McConaughey can't compensate for a Western-gangster film that's too diffuse and lacks a discernibel POV to be dramatically engaging.
Linklater seems to understand the root of McConaughey's appeal stems from his wild side. Casting McConaughey as someone noble and high-minded... is like hiring Madonna to play a housewife.
There's little nuance in the straightforward, chronological way the tale is told--it's hard to point to a scene that's worth discussing after you've left the theatre.
Linklater's genuine regard for his characters and fidelity to his setting are his strongest directorial traits.
Had this come out three months ago, it would be up for an Oscar for something.
These are fetching performers, but their built-in energy is about all The Newton Boys has going for it.
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