Friday, December 2, 2011

The Sting (1973)

The Sting is as close to a perfect movie you're gonna get, ranking up there with The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Shawshank Redemption. It was a huge production that won a whole bunch of Oscars, and was a tremendous success when it first came out.

Yet, for some reason, it is very rarely mentioned, and just about non-existent when compared to the aforementioned films.

So let's go back to the 1930s, when style was what it was all about. The hats, the suspenders, the wooden interiors, the cigars, the women and the deck of cards...

Like watching a good flower power film about the hippy times, The Sting paints a picture of the 30s in such a way that you will be wishing you were around in those days.

The plot is a ballet of perfectly knitted scenes which entertain to no end, and a whole pile of twists that spin you around like a ballerina. Paul Newman and Robert Redford were born to play the smiling con-men, both with a whole pack of aces up their sleeves, and the music... well... can't you hear it playing in your head already?