At first, I thought COOL HAND LUKE is just an ordinary prison drama. But this movie is beyond my expectation. COOL HAND LUKE has a solid storytelling and interesting characters. This movie isn't just merely a movie. It is also a character study. COOL HAND LUKE explored the true form of human nature. Led by Paul Newman in his most swag-est performance. Is it me or - Luke is some kind of allegory of Jesus Christ?
I used to think this movie meant a lot to me, but films that have subsequently moved me to the quick made me realize I was swayed by the reputation of the film, the glamor within it, more than any human connection. The Exiles, Gregory's Girl (with the original soundtrack!), and how genuinely they spoke to me as a brother, have recalibrated me for good. Sorry, boss!
Despite a masterfully written screenplay that thrives on themes primal to human nature, it is Paul Newman's minimalistic performance and never-ending talent that makes Cool Hand Luke into a tale for the ages. Powered by Conrad Hall's breathtaking photography, Rosenberg's film showcases the power of simplicity in what very well may be considered a kind of southern-gothic new wave.
The thing that I admired about Paul Newman was that he wasn't afraid to play an asshole as a leading man. Sometimes when you'd stare into those eyes, you just got lost. "Jesus he was a handsome man and what i want to know is how do you like your blueeyed boy Mister Death" And of course he did play Buffalo Bill, so that's appropriate.
What we got here is... Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, the other brother from East of Eden, the dad from The Waltons... that smile, those eggs, the girl, the heat, the sweat and the chains. What's not to like? Best movie ever. In my opinion of course.