This strange, quickly discarded little film was, weirdly, the directing debut of screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Oscar for Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. Yet Violet & Daisy (2013) is no urban cautionary tale; rather, it’s a quirky, colorful, Tarantino-esque crime movie that seems displaced by about a decade, but is lightweight, fun, and only 88 minutes. Girly-girls Violet (Alexis Bledel) and Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) are adorable best friends, and work together as contract killers. They are sweet, but deadly, and very good at their job. After a successful hit, they decide to take a vacation, but go back to work when they decide they need money for new dresses.
Weirdly, their sad-eyed new target (James Gandolfini) doesn’t beg for his life. Instead, he offers them fresh-baked cookies. Indeed, he seems to want to die. Most of the movie takes place in one room, with the girls trying to figure out what’s going on, fending off other assassins, and having to run out for fresh bullets. All this probably wouldn’t work if not for the feeling that Fletcher genuinely seems to like his characters, and I did too. Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Danny Trejo appear in potent, memorable supporting roles. Heartbreakingly, this movie was released in the summer of 2013, just days after the untimely death of Gandolfini.