"Natural Born Killers" Film Review by ASJenkins

"Natural Born Killers"
A discussion of the visual effects and television motif in the movie, "Natural Born Killers."
# 46273 | 1,820 words | 1 source | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Dec 25, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper examines the movie, "Natural Born Killers," a notably radical and violent story from the mind of Quentin Tarantino, which was brought to the film medium by director Oliver Stone. It looks at how Stone's interpretation is a wild display of colorful creations, some placed into regular shots, others in montage form and also via quick cuts. It shows how the purpose of these creations varies from instance to instance and how one creation could be put in to help draw out a theme, while another is there to give viewers a glimpse into the minds of the characters. It also discusses how, in addition to the creations Stone implements, there is an underlying motif of the television media craze; there is a constant presence of media in the film, whether it is a shot of a television, a sitcom parody flashback, or characters playing members of the press.

From the Paper:

"The character of Wayne Gale is used to make the entire point of the movie blatantly obvious. Wayne is the host of "American Maniacs," a tabloid television show partly responsible for the large media hype surrounding Mickey and Mallory, always after ratings-grabbing exclusives. On his show, he interviews a group of kids at a large rally and they speak about their support for Mickey and Mallory. "American Maniacs" has turned the two into cult heroes. At one point, Wayne lands a highly publicized interview with Mickey while he is in prison, fights alongside Mickey during a prison riot, and escapes with the couple. Afterward, he is taught a lesson by them. The pair kill Wayne, saying that it is a statement, of which they are not exactly sure the meaning."

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