Ever since I saw the trailer for Violet and Daisy, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would be enjoying this film. Unfortunately, I missed it in theaters. But on Saturday night, I was restless, and it was time for another edition of “I’m bored late at night and want to watch a movie.” Lucky for me, Violet and Daisy were waiting for me “on demand”.
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” – Jean-Luc Godard
Violet and Daisy certainly delivers in the girl and a gun department. The movie starts off with the title characters dressed as nuns obliterating men in their 30’s and 40’s. It’s a fun opening to a movie I was sure I was going to love. But I was wrong.
The movie was superbly acted by leads Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Ronan, and James Gandolfini. It’s shot very interestingly as well. Lots of cool visuals fill the screen. Where the film misses, I think, is the characters journeys. I know that it’s about innocence, mixed with violence. And it’s about regret, and troubled family relationships. But it never really gets much clearer than that. The tone of the movie is confusing as well. For a film that starts with nuns killing people, and then introduces Danny Trejo as the girls boss/handler, it never gets as crazy as you think it will. Instead, it spends most of it’s time concerned with a weird friendship that forms between the two girls and their latest mark, played by James Gandolfini.
As I mentioned, all of the actors are in top form here. The girls speak like 1940’s orphans, full of “aw shucks” and “hey misters”, and Gandolfini comes across like a loving surrogate father to Violet and Daisy. But to what end? Nothing good happens for Gandolfini’s character, and the girls teeter on the edge of not being friends anymore, and then end in a kind of respect. But nobody really traveled anywhere development wise. The movie should have either A – gone for it more! It could have been a grindhouse masterpiece!!! Or B – figured out how to have a real character arc for someone.
I’d like to recommend this movie, but I just can’t. Instead of watching the film, just watch the trailer, which was superb, or any Quentin Tarantino movie, which this movie obviously really wants to be.