August 23rd, 2009
I really ESPECIALLY dislike Tony Scott's decision which took this wonderful bit of Tarantino's writing and turned it into this lousy happy ending.
There's a couple other things that were wrong about it. One thing that was way right about it was the relationship between Alabama and Clarence.
Scott -- to his credit -- filmed the right ending and told Tarantino that he would make the decision when he made the final edit. Tarantino explains this in his commentary and says he thinks Scott made the right decision for the movie he made.
But for most of the movie, I was squirming just a smidge because it wasn't the same movie I read. He cut out some stuff that made Alabama more genuine, like her cheering at the end of the Sonny Chiba marathon and a lot of the stuff in the comic book store. She ends up just being a chick for the most part rather than the character she was in the script.
One hell of a cast though. Dennis Hopper vs. Christopher Walken is every bit as much fun as you'd think it would be.
It's kinda funny since I just finished watching Interstate 60 with commentary last night. Oh -- and I found out why no one heard of Interstate 60. It never made it to the big screen. The production company wasn't quite sure how to market it and then they folded.
|Date:||August 23rd, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)|| |
weird, i just watched true romance for the first time a month or two ago.
i thought it was lousy.
The script is way, way, way better.
I'm watching the commentary right now and they took out all the stuff that made Alabama anything more than some pretty, kinda ditzy girl who fawned over her man and killed a mafia guy.
I held off on wanting to watch it for a while because I wanted to try and forget about the script -- I read it slightly more than 5 years ago. When they released the blue-ray version with assloads of commentary, I figured the time had probably come for me to bite the bullet.
|Date:||August 23rd, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)|| |
I haven't read the script and just watched the movie without knowing anything about it in advance (except it was gory and had something called an Italian Scene), and I enjoyed it. Still not having read the script I can see what you mean about Alabama, but I can't say it bothered me that much while I was watching it.
This might be more to your liking:http://fanedit.org/1447/
On reflection, it sounds like I'm coming off as a feminist, but it isn't that. It's just that the script had so many things in it which made her a really interesting character and almost all of that is taken away.
I'm not actually sure that would be more to my liking -- Tony Scott isn't Quentin Tarantino and he filmed it very differently than Tarantino would have.
I'll give it a chance though! 8)