Tank Girl tickled my fancy for irreverent humor. striking
the right chord from the get-go. The initial laughter made riding behind the Tank Girl's
apocalyptic comic book character an unusual and titillating trip. Tank Girl is a psychedelic conglomeration
of found objects joined together in absurd
juxtaposition and driven with non-stop energy.
This is “apocalypse hip.” The story is typical and is rather unimportant.
Not everything in Tank Girl works as well as the mutant
rebels, the Rippers, a delightful combination of humans and kangaroos. There are frequent lapses
into comic animation, embellishing the on-screen action. The comic book frames that introduces
various sequences embellish the characters with an even more obvious raunchiness. Would the film
would have played faster and looser without the multimedia intrusions? Perhaps. but they are still
entertaining. Director Rachel Talalay has a far-out sense of style and a wild eye for set
|Tank Girl is ready to rumble. ©MGM
Lori Petty is terrific as the title character. Petty
delivers her punchy and sexual dialogue with Brooklynese brio. Decked out in leather and chopped
punk hair, Petty manages to keep her humor through some distressingly sadistic confrontations. Malcolm McDowell positively inflates himself with glee assaying the villain, a
power mad water magnate on a dry planet. The sadistic relish inherent in this character is
reminiscent of the young Droog Alex in A Clockwork Orange. Tank Girl moves at lightning pace and if you go with the
flow and are not offended by the black and sexual sense of humor, it could be a lot of fun.
The explosion of color and
wisecracks is a terrific DVD showcase. Tank Girl fires
away at will. The image is quite good, mostly very sharp. Contrast levels are excellent. Dark and light scenes have equal helping of image snap. Colors
are an explosion of excitement. The Dolby Digital 5:1
soundtrack delivers the punchy heavy metal music for maximum impact. Effects are highly
directional. The clean dialogue and full range music will not disappoint.
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