Violet And Daisy Blu-ray Review
James Gandolfini is the lone highlight of the tonally awkward “Violet and Daisy.”
“Violet and Daisy” is a dark, quirky Tarantino esque comedy crime flick about two young assassins (the title characters) taking on an assassination assignment in order to earn money for fashionable Barbie Sunday dresses. Upon arriving at the target’s apartment, they learn that the man is kind and strangely unafraid of death (which weirds Violet and Daisy out). Further issues arise for the two hitwomen as other obstacles (including other hitmen, secrets about Daisy, and bullet shortages) cause the job to be stalled. Can the two carry out their task or will they change their minds?
While the idea of having two fashion obsessed teen girls as assassins sounds intriguing on paper, the idea doesn’t quite work on screen due to Geoffrey Fletcher’s tonally confused script. Had Fletcher been more focused on what he wanted the film to be (a comedy or a drama), it might have been more successful. As is, ‘Daisy’ is a strange, stagey, meandering hodgepodge of character drama (mostly involving Gandolfini’s character) and dark comedy (such as the dancing on corpses bit) that don’t mix well together.
On the subject of Gandolfini, he gives a truly stand-out performance as the character of Michael. While I don’t want to spoil who the character is or what happens to him, I will say he is the heart of the movie. Without him, I’d wager there would be nothing to invest in here. Now, that’s not on a knock on stars Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel. Both actresses are very talented, but they’ve both done far better work (and deserve far better work) than this.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Crisp and clear.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? Aside from gunplay every now and then, this is mostly a dialogue driven film. With that said, the track still does the job.
The only extras are a DVD copy, a theatrical trailer for “Violet and Daisy” and a poster slideshow.
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