Okay, so I finally got round to viewing this and I was, sadly, greatly disappointed. I've always liked QT's work but this film is an unmitigated disaster. So what's wrong with it? Well, for starters, it was conceived as a homage to Grindhouse cinema, which is basically exploitation - so where was the exploitation? An exploitation movie with no exploitation in it? That's just ridiculous. Hardly any violence, no sex or gratuitous nudity, no incendiary material (racism, sexual assaults etc) - just...nothing. A bunch of girls chatting incessantly with one or two action scenes and that's all we get. It's boring, tiresome, overlong and I couldn't wait for this mess of a film to conclude. QT should get back to doing what he does best - crime movies. I'm surprised, actually, that this is what QT delivered, as he's a real exploitation film buff - I thought he would have understood the conventions of the genre and delivered something far more controversial and extreme. But no...this is the best he can muster.
To paraphrase what's said about Pulp Fiction, I'll conclude by saying that this is an exploitation movie for anyone who's never seen an exploitation movie.
Next up will be Rodriguez's Planet Terror. Let's see what he does.
Death Proof: amazon.co.uk | Other DVDs by Quentin Tarantino