March Blind Spot: True Romance (1993)

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“You just said you love me, now if I say I love you and just throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall where they may and you’re lying to me I’m gonna fuckin’ die.”
– Clarence Worley

SYNOPSIS: A lonely pop culture fan falls in love with a call girl and accidentally takes drugs from her pimp. The two go on the run to Los Angeles to sell the drugs and live happily ever after. Only they don’t know that Sicilian mafia and LAPD are after the drugs. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7.5Man, can’t believe it took me so long to watch this! I had a total blast. This movie is so… crazy… yes, that’s the word. It is littered with trademark Tarantino dialogue, so naturally it is awesome to listen to. Not only that, it is carried by an impressive cast, too, who all do a great job. Given that, I do feel that they were rather underused at the best of times. The score is something that stands out, too, because it is so quirky, but it fits with the movie completely. The story is just balls to the wall silly, yet you are engaged from the off, and I was super interested to see how this whirlwind relationship between Alabama and Clarence would work out. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. The movie was entertaining and shot well, and carried by some solid performances. It wasn’t too long, either, just long enough to share the story with the audience, get you in, and not skip over too much, but never long enough to bore you. I really wish there had been more of Brad Pitt’s stoner Floyd, and I thought Gandolfini was excellent here – the scene with him and Arquette was fantastic, too. The film was fast, unusual (though nothing not seen before), and came together very well. Tarantino really is a masterful storyteller. Arquette and Slater also worked wonders together, playing off each other, and you could buy into their loopy little relationship, purely because it seemed to work so well for them. True Romance is a fantastical tale that is entertaining and endearing at the same time, smart and witty, and is well worth a watch should you ever come across it. It definitely won’t be a waste of your time.

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24 thoughts on “March Blind Spot: True Romance (1993)

  1. emmakwall says:

    Excellent review Zoe! I’m glad you enjoyed this. Got some brilliant characters, I loooooove Alabama (and her dress sense) and Floyd in particular 🙂 I’m so glad you would have liked more scenes with him!!

    The scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken is great too, pretty electric. In fact the more I think about it, there are some such brilliant scenes (and actors!) in this film.

    And a bit more fairy tale than if Quentin had directed it also 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks Em! I did have a lot of fun with this one 🙂 Floyd was excellent, what a stoner!

      Oooh, that was another favourite of mine. That whole story was so crazy!

      I agree there – the story is so Tarantino, but the execution was not so totally Tarantino. 😀

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  2. The Vern says:

    I sometimes wish another director would adapt one of Tarantino’s Script. Tony Scott did a great job with Quentin’s dialouge. Have you seen Badlands. I say that because the music used in True Romance was taken from that picture. Plus it also deals with two fugitives in love.

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  3. table9mutant says:

    Ha! Yay – you’ve done this Blind Spot one too! : ) You liked it a little more than me but I did really enjoy it. Loved Arquette & Slater! Fun movie all around. And an amazing line up! I’d have loved more of Pitt’s character too. : )

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