The directing debut of Geoffrey Fletcher (writer on “Precious”) is an odd movie, about two teenage girl assassins in New York. Violet and Daisy are best friends, girly girls and deadly. These hired guns take on their new assignment so they can get the money they need to purchase the latest fashions from their favorite pop star, Barbie Sunday. What they wind up taking on is more of a charity case in the form of James Gandolfini. While the two go to his apartment with the intent to kill him, it certainly doesn’t turn out that way. A series of events leads to a more in-depth character study of each girl, as well as Gandolfini.
This is an odd movie, (I know I said that already) and I don’t want to spoil the surprises. Seriously, it’s worth watching. Alexis Bledel is Violet and Saoirse Ronin is Daisy. Fletcher’s writing endears the two to the audience as well as Gandolfini’s character. Most of the time Violet and Daisy seem more “adult” than the actual adults in the film. I felt myself rooting for them at times, which is ridiculous because they’re killers. The killer part is ridiculous in and of itself, because while bloody, and violent, the two go about their business with a casual calm that puts you oddly at ease.
The film itself is really a good looking. And by “look” I mean the style of the film which is almost comic book like. Some shots are just stunning in the way they’re framed, and the dissolves at times take me back to some classic films of an era gone by. This is not for those who want to hit the multiplex for the latest action flick.
If you enjoy movies that are a bit out in left field, “Violet & Daisy” may be for you. The film is rated “R,” and is playing in Portland at the Regal Fox Tower.
You can read more of Mary's reviews on her website, Cinema Cynic.