Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder (Tony Scott, 1990)

Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid

A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

Roger Ebert’s analysis of the ‘Tom Cruise Picture’ reminds me of Vladimir Propp’s Morphology of the Folktale (1928). It prolly took Ebert an hour to write his piece, while I suppose Propp spent some years on his work – but perhaps Ebert read about Propp in college.

It’s going to take me much less time to write this than it has to watch the movie. I see little relationship between this piece of shit and Tony Scott’s earlier movies. This is just a lot of talk, and a lot more of cars driving around a track – and all photographed in the same tedious way.

Thank goodness for the presence of Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall – but they’re not at their best. And neither is A. Scott.

References and Links

Propp, Vladimir 1968 [1928], The Morphology of the Folktale, tr. Laurence Scott, from Morfologia Skazi, Leningrad) University of Texas Press, Austin (second edition 1970).

Garry Gillard | reviews | New: 20 March, 2017 | Now: 10 August, 2018