Seen by Martin before? No
What did I expect? A violent western? I did not know much about this movie.
What did I get? An odd mix of brutal realism and unabashed poetry, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is an ode to the romantic idea of best friends whom circumstance — well, let us say the realist hand of “society” — has pitted against one another. The movie is slow, stately, and cyclical; Peckinpah wraps himself in the trappings of the western genre and bluffs through the squishiness of the central premise. This anachronistic, cockeyed, soulful movie has scant interest in establishing the reality of its 1881 setting, but it has a patient, off-kilter conviction all its own.