Tired 60s tropes, aggressively soliciting our distant sympathy, hammy like a news report, and, despite all this, it works like a charm for me. The flashbacks are intolerable, but I even get a little out of them. Voigt needs more recognition for his work in this movie.
35mm, rewatched. A perfect example of an opportunist film, which literally grabs the opportunity of a period for the accumulation of its descriptive effects. Form and fiction are a symbiotic junction of significant waste, to the measure of Dustin Hoffman's invariable demonstrative method. Survives John Voight's immense generosity and freshness, besides a document of a New York definitely gone - as Warhol's fauna.
Midnight Cowboy takes too long to develop its central concept, and never really raises the dramatic stakes, despite the first country-mouse-in-the-big city scenes being quite humorous. It also doesn't truly ever drift into dramatically heart-wrenching material until its final scene, while snippets of flashbacks could be much more clear in how they fit in for pathos and development. Strongly acted by Hoffman, though.
Dustin Hoffman probably deserved the Oscar for this one, but John Wayne won, because he was the sentimental choice. At the time, many people thought it went too far, but if you look at it now,you wouldn't be wrong in thinking it didn't go far enough. It did win best picture, which pissed off Wayne because he was a bit of a homophobe.
Adequately named Joe Buck as a personification of America going through a time of reexamining itself within the ongoing LSD-charged sexual revolution whilst dealing with troublesome past. The statements of him/it being a bi-curious conservative and finally emerging "scars free" but with a changed perspective have such a fine humane line in them.
High def really enhances this rather bizarre film. The scenic beauty of the travel shots is a portrait of an America no longer with us. Hoffman is incredible, such a commanding performance. Possibly his best work besides Little Big Man. Watching this today, its easy to see why it got its X rating initially, as certain scenes are still quite graphic by todays standards. Voight gives career performance. 4 stars