Thursday, 12 June 2008
True Romance 
Perhaps the best film that Tarantino never made, True Romance is one hell of a roller coaster ride that must be undertaken to appreciate its worth, and this love-on-the-run story is anything but a mushy romantic tear-jerker. We like movies with an ensemble cast, but more often than not they leave us disappointed. However, like Reservoir Dogs, True Romance shows that exception proves the rule. Each of the brilliant character actors cast in this movie, irrespective of their screen time, has delivered punches that I will surely remember for a long time. Dennis Hopper as the chain-smoking cop/dad, Gary Oldman as the crazy pimp, Christopher Walken as the sophisticated gangster, Brad Pitt as the half-witted stoner, James Gandolfini as the smiling assassin, Tom Sizemore as a relentless cop – each of these fascinating American character actors delivers high-voltage performances in their short screen times. Christian Slater as the sole male lead, along with his lady love, too have put in memorable performances as the modern day Bonnie and Clyde, going through the motions and grabbing every damn opportunity thrown on their way. Tony Scott’s hyper kinetic direction (though a decent director, he has always had to live under the shadows of his celebrated older brother – Ridley Scott) is greatly aided by Tarantino’s taut screenplay and charismatic influence, as he guides you through the labyrinthine maze filled with twists galore, and alternating between bitter fun, quirky/offbeat romance and bizarre violence.
Director: Tony Scott
Genre: Crime Thriller/Black Comedy/Romance/Action/Road Movie/Ensemble Film