Movie Review: Savages

In an effort to escape the extreme heat, I headed to the movies last weekend and saw Oliver Stone’s Savages. It was good but uber-violent (to be expected from Stone, I guess). Rather than go with my typical movie review, I decided I would list the 15 Burning Questions that this movie left me with. And here they are, in no particular order:

  1. How scary is Benicio Del Toro’s mullet?
  2. Taylor Kitsch’s character is named Chon. What the hell kind of name is that?
  3. Throughout the movie, Blake Lively hooks up with both Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch. The three live together and seem totally cool with this weird sharing arrangement. How is this possible? And which one does she truly love? And why would anyone potentially love Aaron Johnson more than Taylor Kitsch?
  4. Speaking of Aaron Johnson, will I ever find him non-skeevy in a role? I think the answer is perhaps “no,” which doesn’t bode well for my enjoyment of Anna Karenina.
  5. Does anyone look fiercer with bangs than Salma Hayek? (Answer: No. Duh).
  6. Who knew John Travolta could do so much with relatively little screen time? He had a small but pivotal part and killed it.
  7. Was Blake Lively’s narration necessary? (I vote no).
  8. Is it too much to ask Hollywood to give non-drug dealer roles to excellent actors like Benicio Del Toro and Demian Bichir?
  9. Did anyone else have to cover their eyes at some of the violence? Calm down, Oliver Stone. Calm down.
  10. This is the big, obvious question from the movie, but I’ll ask it anyway: who exactly were the savages? Because both sides were pretty awful.
  11. How much hotter do war scars and a short haircut make Taylor Kitsch look? (Although, to be clear, the Tim Riggins look will always be near and dear to my heart).
  12. Blake Lively brings the pretty, to be sure, but was she really worth all the trouble Kitsch and Johnson went through?
  13. How great was the scene between Travolta and Del Toro? Hilarious. They were both on fire.
  14. Is it weird that I felt a ton of sympathy for Hayek’s character, even though she was basically an evil drug lord? (drug lady?)
  15. Wasn’t the ending a complete cop out? And wouldn’t the film have been better had Stone gone with the first “ending”?

And there you have it. More enjoyable than seeing your typical superhero/car chase summer movie, but not quite a great film. If you’ve seen it, did Savages leave you with any burning questions?

My Grade: B

(Image via Screen Crush)

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Savages

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