Badlands (1973) Movie Review

Director: Terrence Malick

Writer: Terrence Malick (Screenplay)

Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri, Alan Vint, Gary Littlejohn

Plot: An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Tagline – He was 25 years old. He combed his hair like James Dean. She was 15. She took music lessons and could twirl a baton. For a while they lived together in a tree house. In 1959, she watched while he killed a lot of people.

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Classic

Story: Badlands starts as we meet drifter Kit (Sheen) who moves between jobs with his latest being a garbage man, he meets the 15-year-old Holly (Spacek) on his rounds and the two start hanging out, as he starts a new job as a cowboy.

After Holly’s Father (Oates) finds out about their relationship, he forbids it, which sees Kit kill him and the lovers go on the run, living off the land, until the police start tracking down their criminal activities.

Thoughts on Badlands

Characters – Kit is a 25-year-old drifter, he hasn’t been able to hold down a job for long and now he has lost his latest one, until he meets Holly, where he tries his hand on the latest job, he gets jealous and protective of Holly, killing anyone who gets in their way. Holly is the 15-year-old that takes a shine to Kit, because of his James Dean looks and that he doesn’t just want her for sex, she will follow him to the ends of the Earth if this means they can be together, also telling the story. We only meet a few other characters along the way, with Holly’s father and helpful people that are mostly the victims of Kit’s aggressive behaviour.

PerformancesMartin Sheen and Sissy Spacek are both wonderful in the leading roles of this film, they show the opposites the two have, while the bond between them feels strong.

StoryThe story here follows a drifter that falls in love with a teenage girl and the two must go on the run from the law, moving from state to state. First thing we must address, is the fact that a 25-year-old gets involved in a relationship with a 15-year-old, this is asked more questions than it answers with just how wrong this is. With the two lovers on the run from the law, it does show the rebellious ways of the younger generation through America and just how far they would go to escape what is going to be a slow future. It does have a nice happy feel to everything, despite the darker tone of everything happening.

CrimeThe crime side of the film follows Kit start from just being somebody who might steal the odd thing, before turning into a cold-blooded killer that isn’t going to stop for anyone.

SettingsThe film takes us through the southern states of America, showing how the open round could offer freedoms the pair want.

Scene of the Movie – The treehouse.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We don’t seem to have any charges for taking a minor across state lines.

Final Thoughts This is a nice crime story about two lovers, even though it does have a big creepy side to it, when you look into the ages of the two main characters.

Overall: Love and Crime.

ABC Film Challenge – Favourites – T – The Tomorrow Man (2019) Movie Review

The Tomorrow Man – Beautiful Study on Loneliness

Director: Noble Jones

Writer: Noble Jones (Screenplay)

Starring: John Lithgow, Blythe Danner, Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, Eve Harlow, Wendy Makkena

Plot: Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. These two people will try to find love.

Tagline – Experience 2019’s First Great Romantic Comedy for Grown-Ups!

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Tomorrow Man starts as we meet Ed (Lithgow) a man that has always planned for the worst, believing the world might come to an end the next day, he goes about his day, teaching himself everyday, being nice to everyone around him. He meets Ronnie (Danner) a woman that enjoys spending that seems like she is the opposite to Ed, being more relaxed about life, despite what she has been through.

As the two become closer they learn that they have both been suffering from the same thing, loneliness and give each other a chance to have a friend, partner in the remaining part of their lives, where they could be happy.

Thoughts on The Tomorrow Man

Characters & Performances – Ed is a friendly man, he spends his time prepping for what he believes will be a disaster. While he is friendly, he does keep to himself until he sees Ronnie, believing they are the same, letting someone into his life once again. He does have a strained relationship with his son, which he is always trying to rebuild, but the two argue over the littlest of things. John Lithgow is wonderful in this role, showing the man who is confident, but vulnerable. Ronnie is the lady that Ed meets, he believes she is like him with how she acts with spending, she lets Ed into her life, despite the fact she is dealing with the everlasting pain of losing a child. She lets Ed into her life, liking having somebody around her to make her feel safe for the fist time in a while. Blythe Danner is wonderful too, with the pair giving us a great couple that have the clear signs on loneliness and just want happiness. The supporting characters will bring moments of comedy with Janet the co-worker doing the role reversal teaching Ronnie about relationships despite her young age. Brian is the son of Ed that does clash with him, but you know the two of them do have a deep love between the pair.

StoryThe story here follows a couple of older people that are living their lonely lives when they end up meeting and getting on, exposing the truth behind their secrets to competent for their loneliness, as they prepare to enjoy the next years of their lives. This is a perfect look at how difficult life can become for the older generation that is often being left more isolated from family and are falling behind with the modern technologies of the world. We learn that not everyone is doing the same as you, they are putting on a brave face about life and they that people will have pain in their lives from the time before you met them.

ThemesThe Tomorrow Man is a romantic drama that shows us just how life could bring someone into your life, and they could change everything that has been happening, helping you fix the wrongs in your life. The small town setting shows helps by showing us how Ed has got to know everyone, being welcomed in the neighbourhood.

The Tomorrow Man is a lovely drama that shows you can find love at any stage of your life.