This 1989 black comedy film was one that I would highly recommend to everyone as I found that it did not follow the typical 80’s style movie trend. Rather than including excessive dancing and singing this film had an original plot with new twists occurring. This was the first time I had ever seen this movie and did not know what to expect although I have seen Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands and therefore had somewhat of an idea as to what kind of character she would play. To be honest, I had never heard about this film but after watching it I can understand how it is a cult classic as it has a fantastic cast and innovative style to the script. Many contemporary movies such as Mean Girls followed the same sort of story line in terms of popularity and what girls will do to gain that title. “Que Sera Sera” was the song that played at the beginning and end of the film both being different versions. I believe that this was successfully used seeing as how it is a song that most people know and heard in their youth and because the film used repetition which added to the black comedic mood. I felt that Christian Slater did a remarkable job of being in character. Specifically, his voice caught my attention as it had a certain air to it that gave him a conniving, cynical and devious vibe. Through Veronica’s (Ryder) and J.D’s (Slater) devious ways they use teenage suicide as a means of alleviating suffering by making others suffer more. I think this aspect of the film is what draws audience members in as well as how the director was able to add comedy to this dark film in order to make it easier to watch.
The following clip includes the line "Fuck me with a chainsaw" which is one of the more prominent quotes from the movie. It also shows popularity and how people act as well as react to it.
One of the versions played in the movie of "Que Sera Sera"