| Once again, Quentin Tarantino outdoes himself. The movie True Romance
was excellent. It presented real issues that some people are forced to
deal with in their lives. The title of the movie is misleading. You would
think this was going to be a love story. Actually it is, but unlike any
love story I've ever seen. It's filled with violence, action, blood, guts
and gore. Like most other Tarantino movies it revolves around the violence
we rarely see or experience in our lives. He also incorporates rugs and
racism, hate and love and his usual corny way of portraying them.
In Tarantino films, violence is presented in a totally different approach
than movies like Rambo or Die Hard. Although you have the same amount of
people dying, Tarantino seems to have this perverted and gruesome way of
presenting it to his audiences. He always takes violence to the extreme.
In the scene with the pimp he doesn't just shoot the pimp in the back or
chest. He goes right for the gusto...his balls !!!! (OUCH) Another example
of this is when Dennis Hopper was killed. We all knew what happened to
him, but Tarantino makes sure he shows us the oozing bullet wound to his
head. Some people think this is taking violence too far; however, acts
of this nature happen in the real world every day. I guess this is his
way of giving us a "reality check." Shit like this happens to people. We
are so sheltered in our comfortable 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 gets so damn spicy it can make you sweat 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
filled with romance or adventure. If you were to compare the revenues from
box office earnings I'm almos positive the movies filled with blood and
guts earn much more than other movies. (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 them mega bucks , they will continue
to make movies like this to make more money.
Tarantino tends to slide in a little racism in his flicks. It's pretty
obvious it's not the main topic, but it is apparent. Hopper was unique
when he told the Sicilian guy his great, great, great, great grandmother
had slept with a nigger and that's why he had dark skin and brown eyes.
I think Hopper knew he was a goner and wanted to insult the hell out of
the guy before he died !!!!! He was so casual about the whole thing. He
just sat back smoking the dudes cigarette and blasting his family.
There are so many people who say this kind of movie affects people in a
negative way. They think it has an impact on criminal behavior. That's
bullshit. I have seen violence in movies and on television and I haven't
had the smallest inkling to go out and kill anyone or anything. I believe
if a person has it in them to commit these kinds of acts they will do it
regardless of what they see on T.V. or in the movies. Their moral upbringing
or lack of one would be a bigger contributing factor than viewing a movie.
Movies are made to entertain. The social issues they touch on are just
that, issues. The controversy they create comes solely from the opinions
of the viewers. Isn't that half the fun of watching a controversial movie?
It gives our minds food for thought. It affords us the opportunity to discuss
what we have seen with our friends. We can learn from listening to how
other people perceive things. THAT is what makes a movie great !!!!
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