The glamour and glitz of the media attention falls onto two unlikely celebrity candidates, Micky and Mallory Knox, in what i believe to be Oliver Stone's best film. Edgy, violent, funny, abstract, clever, fast paced, emotional, deep, colourful, sexy, anarchic and superb are only words, but they culminate in a review of this movie.
Do we know the history? Micky and Mallory first found life from the scrawlings of Quentin Tarentino, a movie that Clarence, Christian Slater's character in True Romance, had penned himself in early drafts of the movie. But the film within the film took up too much screentime, and the story was scrapped - or was it?
Luckily for us, it wound up finding a new director, Oliver Stone, and it nestled nicely up to his auteuristic, anti capitalist american flair. This film, the first of many ultra violent mainstream movies, tore down all the rules about how a film should be made. Its experimental use of various camea's, techniques, fast cut editing and animation, has raised the bar and will not be easily toppled from its top spot. This is the crazy world of MMicky and Mallory Knox, the MTV culture let loose, where everyone is in it for the money and the fame, and even the law is corrupt.
We see the story of our evil lovers through the many forms of media currently chissleing away at the morality of society. The sitcom explains the heart wrenching story of Mallory's abusive family, the "Car chases from hell" styled documentary lets us into the phenomenom that their killing spree has triggered and also introduces us to the rating's crazy Wayne Gayle, which is possibly the best role i have ever seen Robert Downey Junior play. His greed, like the greed of all commercial TV stations, has helped to feed the monster that will eventually devour even him.
Its finale see's Woody Harrelson, imprisoned, give the biggest telivised event in televisions history, with a speach that almost justifies murder, definately jabs a well deserved finger at the influence of the media whilst also highlights America's lust for violence, and its history rooted in blood. But Stone has made some of the most violent films there are, one of them even plays out in the background of one scene, as we see the chainsaw scene from Scarface, which he wrote for Brian DePalma.
If you havent seen it yet, where have you been? Dont go hiding behind a rock any longer, buy it, watch it, let it confuse you, inspire you, distress you but thouroughly entertain you.