Violet and Daisy (2011)

Oh to be a teenager again. Spending your days hanging out with friends, shopping and er killing people for hire?

Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are teenage assassins who accept what they think will be an easy job so they can buy some expensive dresses. However their target (James Gandolfini) is not what they’re expected and they have a hard time pulling the trigger.

This crime drama/comedy is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s got three good leads in Bledel, Ronan and Gandolfini but only Gandolfini’s mysterious loner is given much depth as the girls get to more know about him as they struggle to kill him. We are only hinted at the back story for Violet and Daisy and some further light on their backgrounds would have been welcomed. The same goes for the organisation they work for, who are they and how exactly were these girls recruited?

The tone of this movie is a bit uneven with the drama and comedy not always mixing well together. At times the film seems to want to say something deeper about these characters or their lives while other times the movie goes into broad humour that doesn’t always sit well with what’s just happened. Splitting the movie into chapters suggests that the film wants to be cooler than it actually is, while subplots about Daisy’s predecessor and Violet ending up in the middle of a robbery are brought up then frustratingly dropped again.

But the for all its flaws the film is easy watching and mildly enjoyable if you’re watching for free.The girls convincingly look like teenagers (even if Bledel was 29 at the time she still looks as young as when she was in Gilmore Girls) and I liked how the girls weren’t overly sexualized like other films would have done. The relationships between the three characters were good and its brief running time means it doesn’t out stay it’s welcome.

Rating 2.5/5 – frivolous and lacks a distinct style despite having a solid cast



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2 responses to “Violet and Daisy (2011)

  1. Nice review Lauren. I’m interested in seeing this mainly for Gandolfini’s performance.

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