True Romance Once again, Quentin Tarantino outdoes himself. The movie True Romance wasexcellent. It presented real issues that some people are forced to deal within their lives. The title of the movie is misleading. You would think thiswas going to be a love story. Actually it is, but unlike any love story I’ve ever seen. It’s filledwith violence, action, blood, guts and gore. Like most other Tarantinomovies it revolves around the violence we rarely see or experience in ourlives. He also incorporates drugs and racism, hate and love and his usual corny way of portraying them.
In Tarantino films, violence is presented in a totally different approachthan movies like Rambo or Die Hard. Although you have the same amount ofpeople dying, Tarantino seems to have this perverted and gruesome way ofpresenting it to his audiences. He always takes violence to the extreme. In the scene with the pimp hedoesn’t just shoot the pimp in the back or chest. He goes right for thegusto…his balls!!! (OUCH) Another example of this is when Dennis Hopperwas killed. We all knew what hpened to him, but Tarantino makes sure he shows us the oozing bullet wound tohis head.
Some people think this is taking violence too far; however, actsof this nature happen in the real world every day. I guess this is his wayof giving us a “realityheck. ” Shit like this happens to people. We are so sheltered in ourcomfortable little worlds we don’t even realize this kind of stuff goes on. Variety. Isn’t it supposed to be the “spice of life? ” Well, Tarantino getsso damn spicy it can make yosweat bullets. What is it about violence that is so attractive to the general public? There are so many people who would rather see a violent movie than a movie illed with romance or adventure.
If you were to compare the revenues frombox office earnings I’m almospositive the movies filled with blood and guts earn much more than othermovies. (Disney is the only exception I can think of off the top of my head!!! ) Naturally, if a person in the movie industry knows this will make themmega bucks, they will connue to make movies like this to make more money. Tarantino tends to slide in a little racism in his flicks. It’s prettyobvious it’s not the main topic, but it is apparent. Hopper was unique whenhe told the Sicilian guy his great, great, great, great grandmother had sleptwith a nigger and that’sy he had dark skin and brown eyes.
I think Hopper knew he was a goner andwanted to insult the hell out of the guy before he died!!! He was socasual about the whole thing. He just sat back smoking the dudes cigaretteand blasting his family. There are so many people who say this kind of movie affects people in anegative way. They think it has an impact on criminal behavior. That’sbullshit. I have seen violence in movies and on television and I haven’t hadthe smallest inkling to go ouand kill anyone or anything.
I believe if a person has it in them to committhese kinds of acts they will do it regardless of what they see on T. V. or inthe movies. Their moral upbringing or lack of one would be a biggercontributing factor than vieng a movie. Movies are made to entertain. The social issues they touch on are justthat, issues. The controversy they create comes solely from the opinions ofthe viewers. Isn’t that half the fun of watching a controversial movie? Itgives our minds food for tught. It affords us the opportunity to discuss what we have seen with ourfriends. We can learn from listening to how other people perceive things.