Cinema-goers loved Tony Scott, even if they didn’t know his name.
I’m sure by now you have all heard the news of Tony Scott’s death, so, this post isn’t going to be about that. Instead I will focus on his work, because after all that is what he will be remembered for. Most people think of Tony as the less successful Scott brother, forever plugging away in Ridley’s shadow. So it may come as something of a surprise to learn that his films on average have made over £1million more than his brother’s have.
Like his older brother he honed his film-making skills in advertising and it showed a lot more in his work than it ever has in his brothers. Tony Scott made thrilling sugar coated action packed blockbuster films with substance and that is why his films were so popular. Take a look through his directing credits and you will be surprised at the amount of fantastic blockbuster films he has produced, Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Man on Fire, Enemy of the State and so many more (I’m even a fan of Domino, easily his most often criticised work).
Without doubt my favourite film of his has got to be True Romance. Scripted by Quentin Tarantino the film tells the story of a young couple in love that get involved in the seedy underworld of drug deals, gangsters and is jam-packed with pop culture references.
Tony Scott made frenetic, fast paced, entertaining films that were always full of spectacle and escapism. He was a master of his craft and will be greatly missed by film fans everywhere.