Last week I watched director Terrence Malick‘s first film Badlands, which was made in 1973. I was pleasantly surprised by its linear plot and more mainstream appeal, as Malick has become known for beautifully shot but obscure films that often have no semblance of a plot. Badlands features Malick’s cinematic aesthetic, coupled with a Bonnie and Clyde-style narrative:
“Based on the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1958, in which a fifteen-year-old girl and her twenty-five-year-old boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.”
The fifteen year old girl, Holly, is played by a young Sissy Spacek who gives a mesmerising portrayal of a naive girl who is both innocent and intuitively wise. Her boyfriend Kit is played by a devilishly handsome Martin Sheen. In my opinion it’s well worth a watch.