Violet & Daisy (2011)

logoDirector: Geoffrey Fletcher

Writer: Geoffrey Fletcher (Screenplay)

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Danny Trejo, Lynda Gravatt, Tatiana Maslany, Cody Horn,

 

Plot: Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Genre Mixing

 

Story: Violet & Daisy starts by introducing our two protagonists Daisy (Ronan) and Daisy (Bledel) acting like two normal teenage girls who complete their latest job dressed like nuns. The two teenage assassins take a holiday where they get called in for another job and as they need to money they take it. Russ (Trejo) their handler gives them the details on the target known only as The Guy (Gandolfini). Our two assassins are on the job so they can get the latest dress from their favourite fashion designer Barbie Sunday (Horn).

After falling asleep waiting for The Guy he arrives home covers them up and gives them cookies and milk. The girls find themselves in a moral predicament when they get to know someone before having to kill him. The Guy is almost waiting for them to kill him leading the girls to want to know more about his story. Things take a turn when another rival group of assassins are in on the job, who also wants The Guy killed.

Violet & Daisy was a surprise to me I kind of went into the film expecting an all guns a blazing action film but I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. We end up getting a drama about two teenagers who learn the side effects of their jobs while we also get the idea of one man wanting to leave the world before he can make up for everything he did wrong. We get to see how the three people chat and learn to finish the next chapter of their lives before it is too late. We have friendship tested, regret challenged and lies uncovered. All of these things help make this very interesting even though it goes against everything you have ever been taught about assassin’s films. (8/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Saoirse Ronan: Daisy younger of the two hit girls who is still learning the ways but is enjoying the ride along with becoming best friends. She enjoys the friendship and the travel while letting her friend do all the killing. Saoirse does a good job in this here second teen assassin role. (8/10)

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Alexis Bledel: Violet having a previous partner dying she has become close with Daisy to level of best friends as they travel the world as assassins. She is haunted by what has happened as well as learning more about trusting people. Alexis does a good job in the role she would have been slightly too old to be playing. (8/10)

 

James Gandolfini: The Guy who is the target for the two girls after stealing from their boss. He is dying and wants to end his suffering but slowly over the meeting he sets up one last goodbye to his daughter. James does a good job in this role. (8/10)

 

Support Cast: Violet & Daisy has a small supporting cast with most characters only turning up in one or two scenes to push the story in a different direction.

 

Director Review: Geoffrey Fletcher – Geoffrey does a good job directing this story about friendship and regrets. (8/10)

 

Action: Violet & Daisy doesn’t really have much action in it, we have a couple of very short shoot outs which all play very well. (6/10)

Drama: Violet & Daisy focuses on its characters and how they all see the world and beyond interacting with each other. (9/10)

Thriller: Violet & Daisy keeps you guessing to what will be revealed next along with what could happen next. (8/10)

Settings: Violet & Daisy keeps most of the setting in one place with most taking part in the apartment of The Guy. (9/10)

Suggestion: Violet & Daisy is one to watch it is pleasantly surprising that could be enjoyed by all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: The awkward but important interaction between the three.

Worst Part: Don’t expect all out action.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Small one near the start.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

Tagline: Too much sugar can kill you.

Trivia: One of James Gandolfini’s last acting roles before his death on June 19, 2013.

 

Overall: Enjoyable Drama

Rating 80

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