Natural Born Killers
Directed by Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone's films have really been a mixed bag, but I think this movie solidified my negative opinion of him. Is anyone else sick of the outlaw couple storyline? It should have died (or been shot to death) with Bonnie and Clyde.
Mickey and Mallory are an emotionally disturbed couple who make headlines by killing and raping people across America. The plot isn't told in a linear fashion or in a conventional way. For example, the story of Mallory's abusive past is told in the style of a 50s sitcom. Once again, scenes that involve sexual assault are treated with all the gravity and tact of a Donald Trump press conference.
I am not going to spend too much time talking about this one. I didn't like it. I didn't like the style, I thought the humor fell flat, and I think it was about forty five minutes too long. I know it was supposed to be a satire about the glorification of killers, but self awareness doesn't negate the fact that Stone created the exact thing he was trying to criticize.
With the exception of JFK, I definitely am not too impressed with Stone.
Tarantino reportedly hated this film until he met Johnny Cash, who confessed that he loved it.
Editing for the film took 11 months.