Quickie: True Romance (1993)

True Romance is definitely a Quentin Tarantino picture despite the man not being the director behind it. Him pushing at the zaniest of his capacities in a Bonnie & Clyde-type tale may have just been the reason why he had no interest in directing it. From a lead character who talks to an imaginary Elvis Presley to a gut-load of excessive nerdisms, True Romance is a peculiarly violent love story that has nearly all the hallmarks you would want from a Quentin Tarantino script.

Christian Slater is always outstanding at playing Christian Slater. Gary Oldman is more of a chameleon than an actual chameleon, and certainly more chameleon than he is human; it’s a shame he doesn’t have a lot of screen time here. Patricia Arquette is just a doll—aww. Christopher Walken is one intimidating motherfucker. And, Dennis Hopper steals the best scene in the entire movie. 

The main tune—which is strictly based off of the Badlands theme—gets pretty annoying pretty quick and some scenes certainly stand out compared to others that may be considered fairly average, but I would be lying if I didn’t tell you True Romance was a fun time. 

Verdict: B

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“True Romance” is now available to stream on Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Google Play.

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