Tuesday, 6 March 2012

The Retrospective: Natural Born Killers.

Natural Born Killers poster.


Director: Oliver Stone.
Release Date: 24th of February 1994.
Certificate: 18.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Juilette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones.

SPOILER ALERT: This retrospective look at Natural Born Killers contains spoilers, if you have not seen the film we recommend viewing first before reading.

Oliver Stone has never had a very normal direction style. It’s easy to tell from Platoon – another classic he has made – that he borders on the eccentric; making things a little incoherent at times too. He does what Baz Luhrmann tries – and fails – to do. He does eccentricity like no other and this is probably the pinnacle for him. There’s only one word to describe it: surreal. It could be surrealism but it’s probably too lucid and structured for that but it’s unstable in its direction style. The characters are unstable but the physical camerawork is unstable too – reflecting the characters. It dashes from colour to black and white for moments as the camera waves around, tilting as if on a rhythmically fluid yet rough sea. It’s bizarre.


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