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True Romance (DVD)
Member Name: Biggsyboo
True Romance (DVD)
Advantages: Great cast, great film
Disadvantages: None I can think of
Was and is still one of my favorite films of all times! I see that there are tons of reviews on this, but as it is my favorite I feel I should put my 2p worth in as having re-watched it last night I feel the need to tell everyone how great it is, I couldn't tell you how many times I have watched it over the years but it in the double figures.
Well it certain falls within the cult following of today so could be difficult to specifically pin point as in my eyes it has everything you'd want from a film, so I guess as you can purchase it from Amazon for £2.99p it has almost paid for itself, and is certainly worth its weight in gold.
I first saw this film in 1996, I was 16 and was completely blown away by it. If you were to watch it without reading the blurb on the back you will be rightly pleased with yourself if you guessed it was written by Quentin Tarantino. In hindsight it screams of his doing and as he was new on the scene at the time it seemed way ahead of its time. With 'My best friends Birthday' and 'Reservoir Dogs' before this.
True Romance was released 1993 and billed as an American romance crime film. The film, whilst written by Quentin Tarantino it was actually directed by Tony Scott a legendary director who has made some fantastic films in the past such as Top Gun, Man on Fire and more recently taking of Pelham 123.
When I was first introduced to the film shamefully I did a little judging the book by the cover and was initially put off by the title thinking it was going to be a slushy 'chick flick' Cor-blimey I could not have been more wrong.
Reading a little into the films conception it is established that by 'those who know'' that the title itself is a play on the titles of romance comic books, things I know little about, but the film itself has a strong comic book theme. The film is dark in its nature, raining with crime all around, much like the modern day batman films, made with grit. The main Character Clarence Worley, played by Christian Slater works for his friend in a comic book store, which forms his 'being' as he himself is a comic buff constantly making reference to such things throughout the film.
A loner, Clarence, for his birthday he opts to go to a triple Sonny Chiba Move night at the local cinema where he meets Alabama Whitman played by Patricia Arquette, who will become his whirlwind romance, which I won't give away. They quickly become wed. The two of them seem to have great chemistry and play their dirty, grimey roles well and really seem to work as a couple.
Don't think this is a 'white picket fence' in suburbia type of affair, this is set in the dark dingy industrial town of Detroit, where drugs and violence seem to rule.
Further to the rest of the plot its worth mentioning the some of the additional cast, most of whom have featured in subsequent Tarantino film, or who have played smaller almost cameo roles. Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Chris Penn, Tom Sizemore, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Corrigan, James Gandolfini and Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer. Hugely impressive I'm sure you'll agree.
Following the swift grungy wedding Clarence decides to free his new wife from the grips of her previous employer Drexl (prompted by his inner voice (who seems too be Elvis) who we see tiny glimpses of, but do not see throughout the film). Drexl (Gary Oldman) is my favorite character, a horrid, dirty, white thinking he is black character who would kill you as blink at you. Elvis convinces Clarence to kill Drexl, during the bumbled attempt and much violence Clarence does so and escapes with what he thinks is Alabama's suit case.
On opening the suitcase, the two find it is full of drugs, which they later discover was had been inevitable stolen previously. Without ruining any of the key features of this film, those who have seen it will know, that the remainder of the film is a fast paced journey as new lovers attempt to rid of drugs, make money and settle in their bliss, Cancun. The many famous name play some amazing characters along the way which again I won't spoil, as when I watch it with 'new viewers' for the first time its fun to see if they can recognise who is who!
Their toil and turmoil has them mixed up with gangsters, drug barons, film makers, friends and foe as they try to rid of the drugs and make a better life, as I say I am betroth to give reems and reems of plot and story as I feel it will ruin the actual beauty of the film, but needless to say there is something in this film you.
It's a high pace film lots of guns, true love throughout, drugs and blood with some fantastic scenes, I have eluded to some, but worthy of note is Tom Sizemore's role and the Walken/Hopper scene, truly great. There's something Rotten in Denmark if you fail to enjoy this.
Thanks for reading, I hope this prompts you to watch it, if not buy it for the collection of must have's.
Summary: Truely a great film that is a must see!