Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

True Romance (1993)

Directed by Tony Scott

Starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer


This is one of those movies which I believe is perfect in every sense except for the fact that the general public doesn’t enjoy seeing movies so full of drugs and blood. All of the performances, major and minor, are superb. Fantastic cast. I cringed at the corniness of the romance scenes (“I swear from this moment forth”, “it’s so romantic”), but they did help bond the characters and make the movie more powerful.

Beautiful cinematography. All the colors are fantastic. The sky is always pinkish orange (except in the close-ups), and it gives the film a really nice quality. Nice cuts, and great overall editing.

The music/soundtrack in general really added to the emotion of the movie, too. I think catchy, upbeat music really can add to the memorability of movie. Good soundtracks convey emotion so effectively, but bad soundtracks (or even mediocre ones) can ruin a scene or even an entire movie. There’s something about a movie with a good soundtrack that I can’t put my finger on. It just makes movies seem more emotional, more of an experience. Unfortunately, half of the cool songs in this movie aren’t on the soundtrack.

This movie contains that rare quality that only foreign movies and movies of different eras can project, such as Planet of the Apes or The Crying Game. It is hard to isolate and describe this quality, but the movie was made with it and it made the movie very memorable and lasting. The action and drama of the entire movie is presented originally and the music used in the action scenes is original and effective.

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