Finally, a Heartwarming Movie About Teenage Assassins: Violet & Daisy Trailer
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Finally, a Heartwarming Movie About Teenage Assassins: Violet & Daisy Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 1, 2013 | Comments ()


It's a shame seeing a young and talented actress like Saoirse Ronin getting typecast, but I'd say if you're going to end up pigeon holed, you can't do much better than being cast repeatedly into intelligent and surreal films in which you play a murderous teenager with hidden depth.

And of course the film Violet & Daisy is giving us James Gandolfini and Danny Trejo as well. Here's the trailer:

I really prefer to think that Alexis Bledel is actually playing Rory Gilmore in this. I think we all know that underneath the machine gun spray of wit there was a desire for literal gun play.

That trailer is extraordinarily hard to get a read off of. At various points it feels like Hanna, early Tarantino, a more grounded version of Hit Girl, and some sort of riff on Terry Gilliam. And yet it stitches together as a cohesive whole rather than a hodge podge pastiche. Or in a word, one might describe my reaction as intrigued.

Here's the obligatory plot summary:

Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are a pair of gum-cracking teenage assassins who casually snuff out crime figures in New York City, distracted only by the fact that a concert by their favorite pop idol Barbie Sunday has suddenly been canceled. Determined to raise cash for some Barbie Sunday dresses, the duo takes on a new hit job targeting a mysterious loner (James Gandolfini) who leads them into an unexpected odyssey of self-examination and catapults the junior enforcers into a world beyond Barbie Sunday and bullets for pay. From Academy Award-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (PRECIOUS) comes a mesmerizing hybrid of New York City crime fable and existential coming-of-age drama. In VIOLET & DAISY teenage kicks match wits with adult-world turmoil, placing three wounded souls into a line of fire none expected -- themselves.

Yes, you read that correctly, in the traditional all caps of titles, to ensure that Internet users realize that all titles are being screamed at all times. The same guy that brought us Precious is bringing us this, which has to be one of the most enormous tonal shifts ever pulled off between two writing gigs.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • You had me with 'New York crime fable', but then you lost me with 'existential coming of age drama.'

  • ,

    Pardon me if I *squick* but the front-page story in my newspaper today is about two teenage girls in my town who stabbed another girl to death. One just pleaded to second-degree murder and will do 20 years.

    Bad timing, trailer.

  • PaddyDog

    Somebody please explain to me how Alexis Bledel and Melissa McCarthy have movie careers while Lauren Graham is stuck in blah* TV? Someone? Anyone?

    *Yes I know people here love Parenthood, but it's very Ron Howard vanilla and LG is wasted in it.

  • Arran

    I'd say Graham's career is going better than Bledel's.

  • tamatha_uhmelmahaye

    Color me intrigued.

  • ViciousTrollop

    It's nice to see Alexis Bledel again. I miss Rory.

  • mb

    Uh, I just don't know if I can accept Alexis as a teenager again after watching her boinking Pete Campbell. Yeeesh.

  • PDamian

    Okay, I'm intrigued ...

  • zeke_the_pig

    'At various points it feels like Hanna, early Tarantino, a more grounded version of Hit Girl, and some sort of riff on Terry Gilliam'
    Yes, yes, but enough of my dream film - what's THIS gonna be like?

  • jptaylorsg

    It looks like a Danger Mouse mash-up of "The Virgin Suicides" and "Across the Universe." Not really in a good way. And Alexis Bledel is playing a similar age to Saorise Ronan? GTFO!

  • BWeaves

    She's not going to kill him until she knows why? What kind of a stoopid adolescent comment is that? You're a hit man, woman, teenager. You don't ask WHY. You kill and get paid and go buy your stooopid Barbie dress.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Well, from the synopsis, they apparently only kill "crime figures" or bad guys, so I'd hazard that in this setting, the "why" is actually kind of critical to the story.

  • BWeaves

    So they're hit teens with a conscience who want to dress up like Barbie? Just like real teenagers.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    No one said it was realistic. And the Barbie in question isn't the doll - the article says it's a pop star (equally goofy, perhaps). My point isn't that they're supposed to be like real teenagers, merely that there's a reason - as far as the story is concerned - why they need to know why.

  • Robert

    I saw a panel on this at NYCC last year. I have high hopes. How often does Carrie Fisher whore herself out to support tiny little indie films by first time directors?

    The director, who wrote Precious, is obsessed with slipstream. That's why it feels hodge podge. He's the one who wanted Precious to be magical realism.

    Violet & Daisy also got pushed back from a dump it in February release to a viable summer release so that's probably a good sign, too.

    I don't want to spoil anything, but that trailer's about as accurate as a trailer for Violet & Daisy could ever be.

  • koko temur

    Well, if someone is capable to " lead into an unexpected odyssey of self-examination", thats Gandolfini. He doesnt have "Gandolf" in his name for nothing.

  • John G.

    So.....Spring Breakers in New York?

  • toblerone

    Alexis Bledel plays a teenager?

  • Robert

    She gets away with it because she looks young for her age and Saoirse Ronan looks older for her age. It balances out to close enough when everyone else is well over 40 in the film.

  • dizzylucy

    My first thought was wow, that girl looks like Alexis Bledel, but she's too old now to still be playing a teenager.

  • Boston Red

    31 year old Alexis Bledel plays a teenager?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The Yahoo player again?

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