Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Death Proof



I watched Tarantino's Death Proof again. It's a really weird movie. It's both poorly done and incredibly calculated. All the sloppiness is actually intentional and the editing is incredibly weird. The characters and dialogue feel like a 70s Marvel comic, and Tarantino almost self-parodies the characters by creating two groups of woman who are initially indistinguishable cliches. Ultraviolent with laughable plot twists, and Kurt Russell alternates between creepy psychopath and pathetic geezer. Overall, I like it - even with all of Tarantino's fetishes. Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction may be the only thing I like better by him. And it's infinitely better than the other Grindhouse movie, Planet Terror. I initially saw them together in theaters, which makes for a too long movie experience. Death Proof on its own is just right.

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2 Comments:

OpenID Roshan said...

I think death proof is a horror movie for people who hate horror movies. (that would be me) It's very subversive, and very gratifying in a way that horror movies are not allowed to be. Also, Zoe Bell rocks--she was recently in an Ed Brubaker-written web series called "angel of death".

1:32 PM  
Blogger John said...

I enjoyed it for what it was. Mickey Rourke was originally going to play Kurt Russell's part and early promo material even had his name attached (I remember seeing a screenplay draft with artwork and his name above the title), but apparently they had a falling out or something, and then Russell stepped in. I thought he did a good job.

8:25 AM  

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