Before confirming himself as the most important filmmaker of the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino had to earn bread in other projects that I did not direct. Memorable, for example, is his association with Tony Scott in writing the screenplay for ‘Blank Point Love’, although there is also his uncredited contribution to ‘Crimmal Tide’, also by Scott.
Those contributions as a screenwriter are just the ones he fondly remembers. Just the opposite of what happens with another film in which he is credited as the creator of the story, but which is finished warping out of your control until few details remain in the final result. Although something remains in the DNA of it, Tarantino clearly thinks that his idea for ‘Natural Born Killers’ was destroyed.
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You may disagree, but the truth is that Oliver Stone ended up making a truly sensational film, one of the most successful at the time and one of the best in his filmography as a director. A devilish satire of criminal cinema where a poignant connection is made between celebrity and serial killers. And from today it can be seen on Disney +.
Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis charismatically portray an ardent pair of young lovers. Two ruthless criminals who They are causing terror wherever they go, since they feel that they were born to kill. A twisted romantic story that takes a hypothetical union of ‘Badlands’ with ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ to the extreme.
In parallel we have the character of a brilliant young Robert Downey Jr., an unscrupulous presenter of a tabloid program who becomes obsessed with these murderous lovers. Convinced that his stellar charisma will overcome everything, he tries to do everything in his power to turn the couple into television heroes. A decision that it won’t be long before it explodes in your face.
‘Natural born killers’: extreme romance
stone does one of his most passionate and urgent works, leaving behind an exciting love story in a hurricane that throws darts against the most sensational show. His unleashed satire is powerful and nervous, with daring visual decisions and totally risqué directing by actors to recharge the hype.
And yet, not only does it work and it doesn’t go overboard, but it manages to have a sentimentality that connects us in a disturbing way with extreme characters. An impressive pirouette that is worth it, Tarantino does not want to recognize it as his, but he does have details that are very much his own in his way of creating a complicated relationship with morally undesirable protagonists. This is why ‘Natural Born Killers’ has a reputation for being one of the wildest and most exhilarating movies of the nineties.