Weird Movies #3 “Violet and Daisy” (2011)

The titular protagonists in Violet & Daisy are teen assassins in their stylized, odd film world, and things are constantly at odds with each other, especially when it comes to expectations — what you expect from a character is often very different from what the end up being like. It manages to be simultaneously comical and dark; there’s literally a bit where a character slips on a banana peel on the way to buy bullets. Chance/randomness seem to play a role every step of the way.

A big part of the movie, however, is the shift from the surface level motivation of “Violet and Daisy want to buy a dress” to working through the issues within their personalities and friendship. It deals primarily with family relationships and friendships, from loss to trust to betrayal, as well as a lil bitty revenge plotline.This is primarily due to the odd behavior of one of their targets, a man who seems to have set out to get killed on purpose.

I find it incredibly shady that it got only 22% on Rotten Tomato, because while this movie was a little weird, it definitely wasn’t bad. The overall criticism seemed to be that it was “too Tarantino.” I can kind of see this, because some of the scenes had an element of banter (and also obviously there’s the whole hit (wo)men thing) that reminded me of Pulp Fiction, but I don’t think it’s fair to hold it up too closely — the level of absurdity in the premise of the film puts it closer to parody than a direct copy of any Tarantino movie I’ve seen.

My overall feeling on this movie was: this is fun and weird and not perfect but I like it anyway.


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