Movie Madness Carnival - Review of True Romance

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

One of my favorite movies of all time is True Romance. I don’t think it made huge box office dollars (at least by today’s standards) but I don’t know anyone who’s seen it who hasn’t liked it. It has an incredible cast and was written by Quentin Tarantino (Brad Pitt is freakin’ hilarious! and Val Kilmer has a split second cameo).

In college (November 1995), I used this movie to write a paper. The topic was Gender Analysis in the Movie True Romance. I took the stance that even though Patricia Arquette’s character, Alabama, gets the stuffing beat out of her, she’s no Cinderella waiting for and needing a man to rescue her as many female leads seemed to do. She thinks on her feet, improvises and turns the tables on the bad guys.

She doesn’t need Clarence (Christian Slater) to say, “now honey, when we walk in, let me do the talking and follow my lead.” No sir. She totally holds her own, gives as much as she takes (if not more!) and in the end it’s she who saves the day, rescues her man and rides them off into the sunset. Arquette kicks some serious ass in this movie and it’s why I love her today.

The writing and acting in this movie are phenomenal. Did I mention the spectacular cast? This is definitely a move to watch after the kids are asleep (or better, staying at Gramma’s).

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  1. I love 'True Romance!' It's such a brutal love story. I think sometimes people forget that Tarantino is such a great writer.

  2. You know, I have never seen this movie. I'll have go check it out now. I love Christian Slater and Brad Pitt (and Patricia Arquette, as well).


  3. I've never seen it or even heard of it, but what a great cast!

  4. Okay we *ARE* kindred spirits because, DUDE, I *heart*n that movie. Let's have a movie-night, 'kay? I need to see it again.

  5. I've never seen it! Another for my queue!

    Thanks! =0)

  6. I've never seen it; it's on the list now!

  7. I saw it so long ago, I'd forgotten its genius!


  8. I love the part when Arquette is getting her assed kicked by the bad guy and she keeps giggling in this sexy, girlish way while her mouth and face are oozing blood. I could write a whole paper on the irony of that moment.


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