August 20, 2012

Tony Scott: A Tribute

As I struggle to digest the news of the tragic passing of my idol, I thought I would write a small tribute.

Tony Scott’s movies have been there for most of my life. Just when I was getting into action movies, Top Gun came along and stunned us all with its amazing aerial photography and star making turn by Tom Cruise.  This is the movie that most people associate with Tony Scott and is a classic of the genre; there really hasn’t been a decent “plane” movie since.

I’m not going to go into all of his movies, but I would like to talk about a couple of my personal favourites and why they mean so much to me.

Crimson Tide is not only an entertaining thriller, but I consider it one of the greatest movies of all time; the script, the acting and the music are all perfect but it’s Scott’s direction that makes it what it is.

Like his brother Ridley, Tony Scott could use colour and light to portray emotions on screen; for example, in various scenes in Crimson Tide the red lighting really emphasizes the tension and stress they are all under while trying to prevent nuclear war. You can genuinely feel the emotions the characters are going through.

True Romance and The Last Boy Scout are two of my other personal favourites, both with great scripts and fabulous direction. The Last Boy Scout was regarded as a failure upon its initial release but time has been kind to it and it stands out today as a tough action movie with a great script and Bruce Willis on vintage form.

True Romance has such a great cast and screenplay but once again it’s Scott’s visual style that really comes to the fore. There are some little scenes which stand out like Christopher Walken’s legendary cameo. The lighting in the scene is fantastic and really adds to the menace of the character.

Both Tony and Ridley Scott have been denied “Best Director” Oscars and Tony never received the appropriate respect from movie critics. I personally would have given him an Oscar for Crimson Tide.

For me, a new film from Tony Scott was an event; his visual style may not have been to everybody’s tastes, but no one can deny he was an innovator. He was a genius with visuals and would always attract high calibre A-List actors.

His action movies were classy, always looked fabulous and he was easily one of the greatest action directors in cinema history. When I saw him interviewed any time, he’d come across as jovial and full of personality, where Ridley was seen as the more cerebral and quiet brother.

TMZ has reported this evening that:

Tony Scott did NOT have inoperable brain cancer, or for that matter brain cancer at all  … this according to Scott’s family.

TMZ has learned … Scott’s wife told investigators the rumor that Tony had inoperable brain cancer is “absolutely false.”

Although the autopsy results have been deferred pending more tests, our sources say there is no evidence of brain cancer.

What’s more … we’re told Scott’s wife says Tony did not have any other severe medical issues that would have caused him to take his own life.

No matter what the circumstances are surrounding his death, I don’t want to think about how he died, but more about how he lived. He was an all-time great filmmaker and his legacy will never be forgotten.

R.I.P. sir, today Hollywood loses a legend and he can never be replaced.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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