Tuesday, July 14, 2015

560. Badlands

Directed by Terrence Malick

First Bonnie and Clyde, now this, then Natural Born Killers.  People really like the idea of running off with possibly homosexual men and going on bank-robbing, murderous rampages.  People are such hopeless romantics.

Holly is a fifteen year old girl who attracts the attention of a slightly rape-y twenty-five year old Kit.  Her father (who also gives off a rape-y vibe), of course, opposes their romance.  Kit kills her father.  As we learned from West Side Story, offing family members isn't exactly a deal breaker, and Holly joins him on his crime spree.

I actually really enjoyed this movie, although after the last one, any film with a plot has me singing its praises.   A bit more violent than Bonnie and Clyde, but I found myself caring more about the characters.  Also absolutely beautifully shot.

A solid entry in a very peculiar genre.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Based on real life murderers Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate.



  1. Magnificently shot.. Malck is a master at that.. and the soundtrack seemed to fit so well...
    I often feel uneasy at the way we are supposed to somehow be on the side of creeps like kit.. and allow him to continue what is all but an abusive relationship with Holly. But sometimes you just have to srt of let the judgement pass by and go .. well, that was what happened... it's her story. In her short, deeply unpleasant life, yiu could agrue he brought something to her for a while.
    MMmmm.. that sounds SO MUCH like an excuse...

  2. I agree, I like this one a lot too. Good review.

  3. Thanks Larry! And I understand the uneasiness Ray. I felt that way about A Clockwork Orange. For some reason it was easier for me to go along with this one.