The Left Handed Gun (1958)

This movie is about Billy the Kid. According to the Wikipedia article, Billy the Kid is actually right handed. Anyways, I didn't like the movie. I think it displays too many angles of Billy the Kid. He's kind of a good guy, and yet he's kind of a bad guy. A couple switches spread throughout the movie would be alright, but several switches and sometimes in short periods of movie time made it hard for me to keep up with the character. I was hoping the movie would be more like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), but the two movies are more different than alike.

I don't know what else to mention. I guess the ambiguity of the movie has clouded my opinion of the movie itself. Overall, you might decide to check this out if you like Paul Newman's acting. That's why I decided to watch this movie in the first place. I'd say the majority of his performance is solid.

Actually, I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the movie up until and including the scene where Billy shots the two men on horseback. I only enjoyed parts of the movie after that scene. I like the last western I watched, High Noon (1952) better, because the protagonist had a clear goal and purpose.

Watched 20111129 (Netflix, Instant) (English subtitles)
The Left Handed Gun (1958) Arthur Penn. 102 min.

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