True Romance (1993)

Reid, 5. February 2004, 10:46 Edit This

Directed by Tony Scott and written by Quentin Tarantino. Even if you didn’t know it was written by Tarantino, you would know. Great cast–Dennis Hopper, Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Michael Rappaport.

I really liked Slater and Arquette right off the bat. In a way, there was that nerd fantasy thing going: Slater is into kung fu films, comic books, and he meets a beautiful who falls in love with him instantly. They had good enough chemistry for me to buy it.

A lot of Tarantino’s fingerprints are all over this, and you can see how this lead to Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. The only thing that’s missing is the manipulation of time thing.

Mitchell
I’ve been wanting to see True Romance for some time. I never thought you’d be the type to like Christian Slater, though. Chris Penn, he’s pretty cool.

Mitchell, June 2007
Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, with James Gandolfini, Brad Pitt, Michael Rappaport, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, and Dennis Hopper. Directed by Tony Scott with a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino.

There are sections of this that were repeated in Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs, but that’s okay. This is the script Tarantino sold so that he could finance and direct Rerservoir Dogs. It’s pretty good. Interesting, with characters I sorta liked and cared for. I found myself rooting for them, anyway — especially Arquette in a violent fight scene with Gandolfini.

Interesting dialogue, but not THAT interesting. Good story, but not THAT good.

6/10. I must be feeling grouchy today.

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