Friday, February 26, 2010

# 8 - The Sting

**Part of an ongoing series of reviews of my top ten favorite movies**

Winner of the Best Picture Oscar in 1973, The Sting is a movie packed with intrigue, suspense, humor, a little action and a whole lot of snappy dialogue. With Robert Redford and Paul Newman (along with a host of other terrific talent), one of the greatest caper movies ever made begins.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman have terrific chemistry onscreen here, and it's really a pleasure to watch the two con men interact with quips, barbs and verbal abuse in such a witty and fun way. Robert Shaw also puts on a terrific show as Doyle Lonnegan, a big-time Irish racketeering boss in Chicago, and Robert Earl Jones does a fantastic job as a retired grifter and con artist. There's a dozen more notable talent at work here, and every one of them does a amazing job. Everyone is a seasoned actor, and it is nothing less than pure fun to watch the cast do what they do best here. 10/10 for a brilliant cast.

The Sting, while being extremely entertaining, is certainly not a simple movie. There's multiple plot twists and few giveaways to warn you of whats coming, and that makes it even more fun to watch. The final plot twist at the end of the film still makes me smile every time I see it. Terrific writing and scripting.

The Sting has several of the same qualities that make The Truman Show so enjoyable; a fantastic cast, smart writing and a whole lot of humor. This film is by far one of the most clever and playful films to ever be made; its plain that the cast and crew had a lot of fun filming it, and that's what makes it such a joy to watch. It's a simple formula, but one that doesnt seem that easy to make work. However, when a movie like The Sting pulls it off, the result is one of the most entertaining and clever movies to ever be made.

1 comment:

  1. Loved this and also Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.