My brother was always a big Quentin Tarantino fan and so he has most of his work on DVD so I was welcome to liberate any of them from his shelf while he was out whenever I wanted, which I did with a lot of films, but it wasn’t until not very long ago that I actually properly watched a Tarantino film, (think I had seen Kill Bill before maybe?) and that’s when my obsession began, I had to see all his movies as soon as possible, so I got which ones I could from my brother and hunted down most of the rest by other means. At the time I didn’t realise he had only written this one, but I didn’t really care either as this is before I began to actually like the guy himself.
I was also already a big fan of Woody Harrelson after seeing him in one of my favourite movies, at the time, Zombieland, I think he is a really underrated actor who gives great performances and is really fun. I was also planned to hunt a lot of his movies down too, but Natural Born Killers allowed me to kill two birds with one stone as it were. Of course I was also aware that the legendary Tommy Lee Jones was in this, who I think is also a great actor and I have enjoyed watching most of his roles as he always aces the performance. Other actors/Actresses in this film I’m also now a big fan of are Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr.
When I first watched this film, after about 10 minutes I started to think I’d been sold an unfinished version or something because of the strange way it was filmed, however the effect grew on me and by the end of the film I was used to it, and liked it. Quite a bit of the movie, especially the flashbacks of how Mickey and Mallory met, are filmed in a sort of way that would be found on American sitcoms and stuff, with cheers from the crowd being heard and other cues like that, I thought it was pretty weird for that type of stuff to be in a film, but this is a pretty messed up film anyway and so I let that go. And when I say messed up, I mean in a good way of course!
The movie begins with what seems a relatively normal couple, in a diner, and then Juliette Lewis’ character Mallory starts to dance and then before you know it everyone in the place is dead, except the one survivor to tell the tale of course. The movie continues to be full of murder and flashing images of evil memories and demons. It tells the story of how the two lovers, fall for each other, get separated and then reunited, which sounds like a nice tale, but they actually kill a load of people along the way as well, well 52 to be exact, and then there’s the prison break...
I think this is one of them movies that all hardcore movie lovers should see, as it’s something different, with pretty dark themes, including humour, excitement and lots of violent action!