So I was watching a thing on YouTube about female-lead Superhero movies, and they mentioned Tank Girl (even though it’s not a Superhero movie), and I was thinking that I hadn’t seen it since it was in the cinema, checked Netflix, and there it was!
My memory of the movie is that it was amusing enough but not particularly good, and 20-odd years later my opinion remains much the same. The cast is decent enough, Lori Petti isn’t terrible as Tank Girl, and hey that’s Naomi Watts as Jet Girl! Malcolm McDowell is gloriously awful as the scenery-chewing villain, and Ice-T is good as T-Saint.
The movie’s biggest problem is that they took an anarchic, off the wall punk comic and shoved it into a generic Mad Max clone - and the movie keeps reminding us that this happened! I really like the jumps to the comic art and animation sequences, but they’re a constant reminder of the source material, and how it’s pretty much impossible to get a Tank Girl movie that is accurate to the comics via the Hollywood system.
It’s basically listening to a Blink 182 album, but tracks 3, 7 and 10 are replaced with deep cuts from 20 Jazz Funk Greats by Throbbing Gristle.