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Review: “Violet & Daisy” needs pruning

Review: “Violet & Daisy” needs pruning

June 07
14:17 2013

James Clay / Intern

2 out of 5 Stars

Take a little violence, mix it with two bubbly girls and add in a little satire and you will get “Violet & Daisy”. This marks the directorial debut from Geoffrey Fletcher the Academy Award Winning screenwriter of the 2009 film “Precious”. It’s safe to say that Fletcher will not be achieving the same heights with this film. “ Violet & Daisy” suffers from a classic case of contrived cliches’.

“Violet & Daisy” follows the two materialistic female assassins of the same name portrayed by Alexis Bledel, who you might remember from 2005’s “Sin City,” and Saoirse Ronan, who made waves in 2011’s “Hannah,” as they accept one last job, which they think will be a quick in-and-out gig. Things don’t go according to plan when they encounter their target played by James Gandolfini, best known from “The Sopranos.”

The problem with “Violet & Daisy” is that Fletcher borrowed too many tropes from other films. Audiences have already seen the satirical take of young girls on the loose earlier this year in a much better film: Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” This is not to say that Fletcher doesn’t try to make an interesting film, adding distinctive traits to his characters such as Bledel and Ronan’s oversized tricycle and Gandolfini’s baking skills.

Fletcher tries to capture the girls in candid moments on the job while they swap stories and talk about fashion. That’s great and all, but the characters just aren’t interesting.

“Violet & Daisy” does have a few things going in its favor such as Fletcher’s eye for capturing the skylines of New York City. Also, to Fletcher’s credit he casted his principle actors against type. It’s actually pretty funny to see a movie where the man who played mafioso Tony Soprano is getting bullied by two doe-eyed girls with guns.

Fletcher wants to put his own stamp on the crime genre, but it appears he can’t deviate from his affections for Quentin Tarantino movies. His script has the same style but the dialogue is not nearly as crisp. The action isn’t very captivating and the plot of the film is honestly pretty tame and boring for a film about assassins.

“Violet & Daisy” takes a stab at being a smart, action-packed satire, but the film has a feeling of disconnect from it’s the audience. Fletcher did come up with a creative premise for his first feature, but he relied too much on his filmmaking heroes to make a cohesive movie. “Violet & Daisy” is only going to have a limited release so don’t worry about seeing this during its theatrical run, it’s a Netflix or On Demand watch at best.

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