Robert Downey Jr.
I honestly appreciate Stone trying new techniques and a new style with this film, but I couldnít shake the feeling that he was trying too hard to be hip. It reminded me of my dad trying to use slang terms and getting them wrong. The ďtrippyĒ style felt forced and served as a distraction to the story rather than an enhancement to it. Stone is at his best telling a linear story and seemed out of his element here. Sometimes directors can ďover-stylizeĒ a movie and thatís exactly what Stone did with NATURAL BORN KILLERS.
Oliver Stone always has to throw in a political statement in his films and thatís one of the reasons most people love him or hate him. Personally, I donít care. However, I didnít like the way he did it here. We go through the first two acts with the atrocities of the media being implied, but when we get to the final act, Stone starts spelling it out for us. Itís not difficult to discern that the media is furthering these two sociopathsí actions, so we donít need it explained. Downey Jr.ís character represented the media and again, we got it. So the long explanation from Mickey and Mallory at the end wasnít really needed.
You probably already know that Tarrantino came up with the story for NBK, but if you havenít seen it, donít let that be the reason you watch it. Itís clear from the beginning that not much of his original idea made it into the film. Donít expect QTís dialogue or QTís stylized violence. I will say that the biggest highlights for me were the performances from Harrelson and Lewis. They both give knockout performances and really make the film tolerable.
Deleted Scenes (20:49): I didnít mind these scenes and found them to be pretty significant to the overall story. Thereís a whole minor story that was cut out that involved Ashley Judd. She was part of one of their killing sprees and is involved in a big courtroom scene. It obviously didnít make it into the film, but it was cool seeing it on the Blu-ray.
Charlie Rose Interview with Oliver Stone (11:38): Charlie Rose is great as always and Stone provides some interesting and in-depth answers to some of the violence-theme questions. It seemed short to me, but I still enjoyed it.
Alternate Ending (3:30): I didnít like this alternate ending at all, so Iím glad it was cut. It really didnít make sense and didnít go along with the rest of the film. However, I liked that it was included as a special feature.