Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
The concept of ferocious women fighters in film has always been an appealing one, noting the success of those in such movies as ‘Kill Bill’, ‘Sucker Punch’, and most recently, in the ‘Kick-Ass’ franchise.
‘Violet and Daisy’ follows tradition by serving the ultimate fantasy, doe-eyed sweethearts (not one but two) packing revolvers beneath nun outfits, with a fascination for bubblegum and bloodlust.
Alexis Bledel from ‘Gilmore Girls’ plays Violet, and Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan plays Daisy, two teenage assassins who take orders from an aptly casted Danny Trejo, making hits just so that they can buy the season’s hottest dresses.
Yes, it's all shallow and twisted, but that fits right well with the lack of depth in this movie.
It does try to add more colour to its characters though, with Violet being the seasoned veteran with a damaged past, and Daisy being the relatively tamer rookie so wholesome you would be happy to take her to your parents. Both actresses play their roles convincingly and distinctively, allowing viewers to empathise with one, if not both of them.
Don't let their looks fool you, these aren't your average girls-next-door
The primary development of the plot begins when Violet and Daisy are assigned to take out an unconventional target, a self-pitying thief played by the late James Gandolfini, who not only expects their company, but is eager to bite the dust himself.
All eyes are on the late James Gandolfini
Confusion turns into hesitation for the girls, and their hesitation then turns into frustration for the audience. Because it’s difficult to rationalise how a pair of professionals would let their guard down and open up to a target whose story they’re keen on knowing. It’s inconsistent and it's hard to share in their curiosity.
Although Gandolfini commands the screen with his gruffly style and melancholic delivery he made famous in ‘The Sopranos’, the disappointing truth is that there is nothing remotely interesting about his character.
This thief is just there to paint a contrast with the vivacious duo, and their dialogues are filled with elements of dark humour, bizarre logic, and imaginative notions.
The pacing is innovative enough, taking the form of unevenly segmented "chapters" with witty titles and eerily clean fonts.
All in a day's work for Violet and Daisy
There are occasional explorations into the girls’ backstories, scenes which reveal ominous themes and otherworldly visual effects, but the answers that surface are barely satisfactory.
Much like the protagonists’ pubescent behaviours, these bits and pieces of refreshing artistic elements seem fickle and immature, brilliant yet unsure of their place in the overall execution of the film.
It would be dangerous to fall in love with these shaky sweethearts
Ultimately, the potential for this movie to score big is let down by the two actresses, who simply lack the spunk to pull off such niche roles.
Violet and Daisy have nothing on Beatrix Kiddo and Hit-Girl. They are simply two teenage girls throwing on a weak facade of a bloodthirsty lifestyle, with a foundation so uninspired you would ask for a swift death too.