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‘Johnny & Clyde’ (2023) Movie Review - More Like Bonnie and Clueless

The movie follows the criminal love story of Johnny and Clyde, who plan to rob a casino owned by a crime boss with a deadly weapon

Anjali Sharma - Fri, 24 Mar 2023 20:33:02 +0000 8294 Views
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Hold onto your hats, folks, because this movie might as well be called "Not Bonnie & Clyde: A Poorly Executed Attempt at Reimagining an Iconic Classic." Don't say I didn't warn you. This is just an ‘inspired’ film and not a remake. However, that ‘inspiration’ alone is an insult to Arthur Penn’s iconic film. 

"Johnny & Clyde" is a 2023 action-thriller film directed by Tom DeNucci and written by DeNucci and Nick Principe. It is a retelling of the classic American tale of outlaw couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. However, "Johnny & Clyde" takes a different approach to the story.

The film takes you on a wild ride through the world of two love-struck serial killers, Johnny (Avan Jogia) and Clyde (Ajani Russell). Continuing their never-ending spree of crime, the duo sets their sights on the wealthy casino owned by crime boss Alana. But little do they know, the casino is guarded by a demonic slayer under Alana's command. In an attempt to execute the heist of a lifetime, Johnny and Clyde enlist the help of a group of eccentric criminals and misfits, all while navigating the dangerous obstacles in their way. Will their love for each other and hunger for riches overcome the deadly weapon Alana has at her disposal?

If you're looking for a movie that has all the depth of an Instagram influencer's account, then Johnny & Clyde is the film for you. From the over-the-top makeup and hair to the superficial characters, this film feels like it was made for people who care more about their appearance than substance. It's like they're constantly posing for a photo instead of inhabiting their characters. 

Megan Fox, who I adored in the cult classic Jennifer's Body, is sadly no exception here. Even her considerable talent couldn't save this hot mess of a film from the clutches of mediocrity. Maybe it's because she sounded more like an influencer than an actual actress. Or maybe it's because the script was just as shallow as the characters themselves.

This film definitely had its moments, though. The cinematic visuals were undoubtedly the highlight of the film, and I couldn't help but be mesmerized by the neon lights and vibrant colors on the screen. It was like a psychedelic trip, but a bit toned down if you know what I mean. Euphoria-lite, if you will. I almost found myself getting lost in the gorgeous visuals and forgetting about the mediocre storyline.

Unfortunately, the rest of this movie was an absolute disaster. Its lazy writing, poor acting, and lackluster direction make it a prime example of what happens when filmmakers ignore the basic principles of storytelling. The fact that this film was ever greenlit is a travesty. If anyone paid money to see it is an insult to cinema as an art form. 

If you want to save yourself from a painful two hours, avoid this movie at all costs. Or, if you're someone who’s looking for a visual feast with a side of mediocre storytelling, this one’s for you. It's a shame that the filmmakers involved couldn't see the potential in their own story and characters, but alas, we're left with nothing but a regrettable and forgettable mess.

Final Score- [4/10]
Reviewed by - Anjali Sharma
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Publisher at Midgard Times



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