Movie Critique

Posted by Melda Research on March 18th, 2019

The combination of a girl and a gun is bound to be the best if one is looking for a good story line. Domino is the story of one young lady who despite being born with a silver spoon in her mouth chooses a wayward life. Ultimately, her decision to choose a self-fulfilling career in bounty hunting proves to be the beginning of the end of her life. This paper seeks to critique Domino and review the extent to which director Scott has done justice to the execution of the story.

Domino is a movie that describes the life and times of a young life ready to take on life, but with little experience. Domino Harvey, played by Keira Knightley, the main character is the daughter of a respected actor father, Lawrence Harvey (Jesse Pate) and a model-turned-social-climber mother, Sophie Wynn (Jacqueline Bisset). Although Domino was born into a life full of privileges and riches, the wealthy lifestyle does not interest her at all. She becomes rebellious from a young age. Tragedy strikes at the age of eight when Lawrence Harvey passes on. In a bid to tame Domino’s wild character, her mother takes her to boarding school. Unfortunately, this does nothing to tame her wildness. The school, friendships, or her mother’s status in society fail to repress her fiery nature.  She tries a hand in a runway model and later has a brief stint in the fashion industry but fails miserably. Domino with the support of her mother gets a job seminar that is recruiting hunters. While Sophie is happy that her daughter is excited about the job, she is starlted that she also gets excited by the adventures.  That moment is the start of Domino’s life as a bounty hunter. She and her crew pursue their prey as cameras of live TV follow them. One of the co-workers pulls a fast in a bid to raise emergency cash. This results in Domino’s interrogation and the retelling of her tale. The character Domino is Keira Knightley’s real story, as she was as reckless as her career portrayed. She died immediately after completing the film on June 27, 2005 as a result of drug abuse. Other characters in the movie include Lusy Liu, Dabney Coleman, Macy Gray and Mena Suvari.

Tony Scott’s inspiration to write Domino came from a close friend of his, Domino Harvey. The real Domino Harvey passed on at 35, of a drug overdose two years after being named Bounty Hunter of the Year. Her life can be described as one beyond invention. She was the offspring of privileged parents who took her to the best schools. She famously asserted that her agenda was to kick ass. Although the movie inspiration is her moving story, it is not based on it.

It is difficult to pinpoint exactly when Domino by Tony Scott shifts from being a gun divertissement to a cheap thrills movie. This is one of the movies that describe Tony Scott’s style of story narration; it is a repellent type of a movie. He proves efficient in presenting the story of Domino Harvey, and her venture in macho work, that involves delivering suspected law-breakers to the authorities at a fee. Together with Kelly, Scott uses the interrogation model to narrate the story. Domino sits beside an FBI agent (played by Lucy Liu) in a cramped room.  The agent asks her questions that point back to Domino’s life with her parents. Lawrence Harvey’s death, when Domino was still young is a point to ponder on considering Domino’s reckless life. The audience is left to analyze whether this early demise had anything, something or nothing to do with Domino’s conversion to a bad girl.

Initially, the story starts with guns and is quite speedy filled with color explaining the early years of Domino- the stint at the catwalk, the college fight and the bounty hunting. She becomes a Los Angeles streets’ favorite for causing trouble wherever she goes. She joins the 18th Street gang and uses heroine that leads her to giving the gang boss a lap dance. Scott develops the movie by introducing at this point a WB network producer who is interested in bounty hunters becoming superstars. Scott succeeds in bringing out a sharp screenplay.

The story, as one observes, has no reasonable chronology. It bounces from time to time while Domino’s narration interrupts with the FBI agent interrogation. Domino is not sure whether or not to testify as she is evasive. She considers a time in the desert when she a prophet appeared, or so she believes. While one might consider it fractured, it is a good movie as it is the movie of a girl and a gun. While the details seem to work well, the individual episodes are also quite impeccable. However, one notes that the sequences precariously hang in the balance. They are not strung together so that if one falls, all crash down.

Domino’s plot is weaved together in the woman and the movie. It is the story of a morality tale and the delusions that entail. The initial gun part of the plot is intended to catch the attention of the audience though the impact of such an intention is not successful. Scott in the movie may have had so many ideas, but the execution of these ideas is still wanting. On the surface, the script concept is appealing. It is a good tale presenting to the audience the life of a girl who defies the life of celebrity and luxury offered by her parents. She makes a decision to lead her life as a bounty killer. The movie does not explore into details exactly why Domino chooses this life. There is no valid reason for previous scenes to explain her choice of life and the kind of a person she really is. Scott may have exaggerated on the exposition and random.

 Domino is the story of guns and exciting lifestyle. However, it seems that Scott could have executed it better. The bits and pieces do not seem to blend well with some parts proving unimportant. Such confusion makes the movie complex for the audience to follow. Overall, the idea and the inspiration behind the movie were great. The girl and the gun point were also great considering that it works well to bring out a strong female character. The ideas need to have been more organized to bring out the leading female character well.  One observes that the moral lesson still points out to the fact that the life decisions one makes could either make or break them.

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