Movie Review: The Boondock Saints (1999)

The Boondock Saints

The Boondock Saints – 1999

Of all the movies in the world that have received a cult following, this is the most confusing to me. There are just about no redeeming qualities in The Boondock Saints.

The Boondock Saints seemed like it wanted to be a Tarantino movie (it even copied the “I shot Marvin in the face” scene with the cat scene). If you compare those two scenes, everything about the Pulp Fiction one is better. Travolta and Jackson do a better job acting. The death is more shocking in Pulp Fiction because Marvin was a character who was developed a little bit; you’re introduced to the cat in Boondock Saints just seconds before it dies. And then there’s the writing.

Even though many Tarantino movies are light on plot, he can get away with it since his writing is outstanding. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen writing as bad as the writing in The Boondock Saints. They used cursing as a crutch here; this definitely seems like it catered to the lowest common denominator. If you find pointless cursing funny, then by all means go watch this. You’ll love it. That’s not to say I have someting against cursing — I love Pulp Fiction and The Big Lebowski. In those movies, it’s not used as a crutch and it’s just a little something extra to add to the comedic effect. Here, there would be virtually no dialogue at all if it wasn’t for the cursing.

I’m going to put about as much effort into this paragraph as The Boondock Saints put into character development.

The only reason I gave this a 3 and not lower is because this really isn’t a boring movie — but it definitely isn’t a good one. The plot is weak, the characters are terrible, and the writing is the worst I’ve ever seen. It really just seems like a 12-year-old made this movie filled with things he thought would be “SO COOL”. It’s not a coincidence that Troy Duffy has only made two movies — this and the sequel. He’s not good at filmmaking.


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