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The body count is rising uncontrollably thorough True Romance full movie, as cops shoot it out with gangters, someone’s head is bashed in, and a pimp being shot in the crotch to pay for his crime. Yet it would be misleading to get all excited over the obvious amorality or violence in the hot genre. This is a story of young lovers – played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette – who accidentally involved in murderous doings and still manage to remain sweet kids.
Look at the clever grace notes encircling their unexpectedly violent honeymoon: a cop, realizing he is pointing his gun at a gangster who only speaks Italian, grumbles, “Come outta from behind the couch”; the man whose head is bashed is assaulted in self-defense with a heavy lid of a toilet tank; an amateur killer actually leaves a photo-ID at the scene of the crime. These ridiculous elements suggest the twisted way in which Quentin Tarantino redefines True Romance full movie as B film, building it up for an age that idolizes pop culture and takes violence for granted.
Though True Romance full movie was directed by Tony Scott, famous for “Top Gun”, its voice goes to Mr. Tarantino. It shares a defining element with the first film that’s written and directed by him, “Reservoir Dogs”, the agile, super-violent, astonishingly portrayed 1992 crime caper that brought new life to the genre.
When the call-girl Alabama (Ms. Arquette) and the timid comic-book store clerk Clarence (Mr. Slater) end up with a wrong suitcase full of cocaine, Mr. Tarantino goes on to exploit the B film’s classic gift. Its planned unreality – the couple hits the road, gets a gun, makes love in a phone booth – acts as a safety break that separates audience from violence and makes murder savory.
Still, unlike most genre heroes (except for Bonnie and Clyde), Clarence and Alabama feel real and humanly living, even when they drive their purple Cadillac through the unrealistic landscape of the movie. Like Reservoir Dogs, True Romance full movie creates scenes that are extremely hard to sit through without losing the movie’s dark air of fantasy.
And True Romance full movie includes much humor and a 90’s spin of pop-culture self-awareness. Clarence acts the way he thinks Elvis would have wanted him to. A fantasy Elvis (Val Kilmer) even shows up in the bathroom to say, “Clarence, I like you – always have, always will.” Clarence and Alabama came across at a kung-fu film; they see gangster flicks and soaps on television.
This is not hipness for its own sake but for the purpose of making the plan relevant to the new generation. Tarantino, 30-year-old and popular in interviews as a former video-store clerk, is a result of the films by chronology and propensity. Here he is recreating violence and death regarding pulp fiction, but also in pop-cultural aspect his audience will instantly follow.
When Clarence follows Elvis’s advice and becomes violent, he is following a voice that is like a god’s to him. Hearing Elvis is his version of a religious experience.
So what if Alabama was a call-girl? She is charming and honest about it. When she confesses her feeling to Clarence, she starts by saying how stupid she feels, because they’ve only known each other for less than 24 hours and, as she comes clear, “me being a call girl…” But in this age, you take romance where you find it.
And when Clarence’s father (Dennis Hopper) tells them, “I think you make a real cute couple”, he means it; and viewers believes it. This is a world where clichés become real, though in a weird, sometimes nervous way.
The very name True Romance full movie suggests a new reality as well as the ancient, rubbish magazines that inspired such tales. It makes sense that Tarantino’s following movie, which he has written and will direct, is titled “Pulp Fiction”. That title makes a great match with the current movie and would easily fit it.
It would be impossible to figure out entirely what is Mr. Scott’s and what is Mr. Tarantino’s here, though the writer has said that his original dreary ending was altered. Certainly Mr. Scott must get credit for directing these deeply amazing screenplays. Normal people stand up to torture by professional brigands – one of the genre’s amazing conventions that appear absolutely convincing on screen. There are comic lines and surprising gestures too witty to give away, though it doesn’t ruin a sequence to quote Christopher Walken’s indifference, “I never killed anybody. Since 1984.”
And the candy-colored look of the movie, with elements like Alabama’s blue plastic heart-shaped earrings, perfectly fits its pop-culture atmosphere. Whether from the writer or director or production designer, True Romance full movie is full of signals that this is at once an alteration of B-movie conventions and something more. It is also true to the experiences of a 90’s woman forced to protest that she’s not white trash and an Elvis diehard fan happy to find true love with a prostitute.
There may be something mysteriously unpleasing about the appeal of crime movies themselves, for they speak to some deep need to release violence. But that’s a different story, which these moviemakers appear to take as a given. By exploiting the genre so wittily, Tarantino unveils the perks of being a video kid.