Violet & Daisy
Starring: Alexis Bledel, Saoirse Rona, and James Gandolfini
Directed (and written) by: Geoffrey Fletcher


Finally, a fresh kind of crazy-ass chickbabes driven film! This could be a one word review frankly: Awesome…But, that wouldn’t do director and writer Geoffrey Fletcher credit enough for delivering a real interesting couple of hours to this film enthusiast.

Story goes…Two angelic young ladies are introduced as the film starts. You know something is off with them just not quite what. They are making small talk as the meander through the streets dressed as nuns with pizzas in their arms; delivery?

Fear not, you shall see soon enough. These habit-wearing vixens are packing more than stuffed crust pies. Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan), are professional hit men – albeit they each look about twelve - and come complete with a bubble gum popping persona. Yet, don’t let the doe-eyed gaze and petite frames fool you. You'll discover faster than you can say what the fu...that this double dose of danger are really into what they are doing.

As plot would have it, their next job, called easy, turns out to be not so much so. The hit known simply as "Him" (James Gandolfini) has ripped off their Boss and the duo are to 86 him pronto.

The best laid plans right? Well, they – literally – fall asleep on the job, and the Him gets the upper hand on the dosing damsels. And we are off on the ride. As rivalries and since-your-so-close-to-death-may-as-well-be-honest conversations keep the film moving forward like a staple gun at a craft fair.

The characters are rich and deeply carved; they could be in that secret contacts list that only people called simply “Boss” have at their finger tips. And, women drive the leads making the whole film fresh and, oddly, empowering for women. You really have to see the work to get that statement ; for this reviewer to sound less pro-killer.

The whole cast and crew have dressed, spoken and set the scene for the script perfectly. The performances by Bledel and Ronan utterly superb; Bledel has that whole sociopathic/ psychopathic calmness down and twinkling in the eyes, while Ronan plays with her gal smarter-than-she-acts and possibly able to dig out of the grave-fillin' for profits racket while also, frequently, dolloping in helpings of chilling indifference. Watch out for those two gals...hopefully, they each have long careers ahead for themselves.

James Gandolfini, here a third lead, the bass to the trio if you will, expertly wields his character's state of mind. He passed on, but in this performance Gandolfini he has left us to remember how wonderfully he could walk his own wire of everyday guy. How he was a maestro of great secrets seen in the flash of a brow and undertones layered deep below a smile or smirk. He also knew a good script when he read it.

The writer director Geoffrey Fletcher has made a helluva film here. Violet & Daisy is quirky enough for indie film fans to savior and on mark for any crime genre fans outside of that big-budget cookie cutter crap. Plus, the smooth story-telling by the actors walking about in their characters could make this film a lasting new classic; a Pulp Fiction for the girls is a fair thing to say, but the film seem to beg to not to be compared, but stand proudly aside.






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