True Romance Reviews
Quality violence, acting & overall a decent movie.
If you're willing to leave your brain at the door, then you just might enjoy this dumb, teenage boy fantasy, featuring all the necessities: lots of money, flashy cars, pretty blonds, violent gunfights, etc. An array of juicy performances from familiar actors, Tarantino's colorful script, and director Scott's sheer energy are major assets, although film's attempt to couple several genres together is lazy and obvious, sloppy too. Favorite bit: Christopher Walken's integration with Dennis Hopper.
Tarantino was at the top of his game when he wrote this film, creating numerous memorable characters and scenes - at the top of the list of which remains the now classic interrogation scene between Walken's haughty gang boss and Hopper's protective cop-father. Gary Oldman is completely astounding as the would-be black pimp / drug boss Drexl. Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette are utterly charming. James Gandolfini's career was effectively started by his wonderful performance in his single scene as a hired hitman.
"True Romance" is *almost* too violent, but straddles those fine lines between gratuitousness, glorification and impactful serving of the narrative with a deft and stylish hand. It is a uniquely grim, comic, violent and sweet film, replete with great characters played by perfectly cast actors and an undulating pace which gradually builds to a wonderfully chaotic climax. Whichever version you watch, "True Romance" remains one of the great modern black comedies of hollywood, its explosive excesses handled adeptly by Tony Scott, who with Quentin Tarantino's singularly sharp screenplay ,created a classic film of the 1990's.