‘I used to be a call girl’

Quentin Tarantino is a pretty well-known guy. He has basically defined his own genre, filled with sharp wit and blood-bath violence. Like his other works, this film encompasses the same glorified violence and unsavoury characters, yet through this an unlikely romance springs up between a call girl and her client.

Though it was an early write for Tarantino, it was in fact Tony Scott who took the helm to direct. Tarantino’s script is wickedly sharp and bursting with the same grim humour that keeps the combination of a wild plot and likeable characters loaded with suspense and energy.

The two central characters, Clarence Worley (Christian Slayter) and Alabama Whitman (Patricia Arquette) are probably two of the most likeable characters I’ve encountered in any film. And with appearances from big names such as Samuel L Jackson and Gary Oldman, the storyline could not be in better hands. After the two young lovers meet and marry, a fortunate mistake leaves them with a ridiculous amount of cocaine and sends them on the run as everybody around seems intent on getting their hands on it. This fast-paced film ends in a botched deal, a police raid and a ten minute shoot-out.

The delicate score by Hans Zimmer was Tarantino’s main involvement in the direction of the film, and sets a fragile tone and rhythm which is gently placed over the dialogue. Even at the lowest, most hopeless points, the upbeat song choices let you know that these backward-heroes are going to ride off into the sunset for a happily ever after. Truly, this film would not be what it is now without the soundtrack to conflict with the violent storyline. The gentle tinkling sets up a calm comforting atmosphere for this fast-paced masterpiece.


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