Movies From the Hat: Badlands (1973)

Recommended by Alex Raphael


badlands“At this moment, I didn’t feel shame or fear, but just kind of blah, like when you’re sitting there and all the water’s run out of the bathtub” – Holly Sargis

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Sep 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the events leading up to the Starkweather murders of the late 1950’s where a young man and his teenage girlfriend terrorized the midwestern US.

My Take on it – I have seen at least two of Terrance Malick’s films and disliked them both very much.

I know that he makes very artistic movies, but I never quite understood either The Thin Red Line (1998) or The Tree of Life (2011) and steered clear of his other movies out of fear that I would be bored again.

It is with pride that I say that I really really enjoyed this movie despite my hesitation to once again try a Malick movie.

Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek are both great here as the young lovers. Even as young actors they showed the massive potential that they both had.

The movie is very reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), but it gave off the vibe of one of my favorite ‘lovers crime’ movies, Tarantino’s True Romance (1993). It’s a little wonder that it reminded me of it because the theme music for both movies are the identical.

It is a known fact that Tarantino’s love for movies helps him meld together different things from different movies so this fact about the music doesn’t surprise me too much.

Looks like this movie has proven to me that I should give Malick another chance and seek out his other films.

Bottom Line – Great movie in the spirit of Bonnie snd Clyde that is also partially based on real events. Sheen and Spacek are both amazing here. This is the best Malick film I’ve seen so far. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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