Tuesday, April 26, 2011

True Romance. B

True Romance is a good movie with moments of greatness dispersed throughout it. The two main stars are Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, two actors that aren't household names, but still energetic and charismatic (especially Slater, whose destiny in Hollywood may have been to deliver Tarantino's avant-garde dialogue). But what I loved about the movie was the supporting cast, Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Gary Oldman, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini, and Samuel L. Jackson, all of whom have very small but integral roles, both in terms of the the story and the success of the film. These supporting players are chiefly tools for Tarantino dialogue explosions, so it's no secret that they provide those moments of greatness I mentioned. Tony Scott directed the movie, but one can't really classify it as a Tony Scott film because one, he steers clear of his trademark visual style, and two, it has a screenplay by Tarantino, which is really the only reason the movie is any good. I think anyone could have directed Tarantino's script and the result would have been pretty much the same. One thing I really liked about True Romance that was not Tarantinian was the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, which is a significant departure from his usual obtrusive scores. There's a scene in the movie where Slater and Arquette go out for pie to discuss the movie they have just seen. True Romance probably won't make you want to go out for pie and talk about it, but it still manages to provide distinction and flavor to a story that's pretty generic. If Tarantino hadn't written the script, it would probably be one of Tony Scott's worst movies.

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