So here’s the end of my Tarantino review season. Django Unchained is finally out in the UK and so I went to see it last night hoping for something good from Mr Tarantino. His last two films, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds disappointed me in a few ways. Death Proof was full of filler and the same story repeated, Inglourious Basterds had title characters I had no interest in but an incredible sub-plot with Shosanna and her cinema and some of Tarantino’s best writing to date. How to describe Django Unchained then? Simple, pure fecking joy on a grand scale. Click the link for my review!
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I don’t like having to review films as universally praised as Pulp Fiction. More so than any other films I feel as though I have to be more precise and spot on about how I view the film. The reason is primarily because that I’m not just reviewing any old film here, I’m reviewing a film that goes beyond just being of a high calibre. I’m reviewing a film that is considered one of the most influential and ground breaking of all time. I wonder if these days younger people coming to view Pulp Fiction will even be as impressed by it as people my own age were when it first appeared. The appearance and effect f Pulp Fiction on cinema in 1994 was the equivalent of someone taking a baseball bat to every trope, character archetype and contemporary story telling structure and wail on them until all that was left was the fragments that now formed something whole but entirely new. Part anthology tale, part crime caper, part dissertation on cinema history, Pulp Fiction is THE film of the 90s. Click my link to read me saying things that has been said a million times before.
After Jackie Brown was released and multiple critics had had the chance to realise that it wasn’t Pulp Fiction 2 the film managed to gain a high level of praise. It was Tarantino’s most mature and restrained film to date. Naturally he wasn’t gonna stay restrained all the time though. Cut forward 6 years and Kill Bill is due to enter cinemas towards the end of the space year 2003. The film is a massive 4 hours long and the decision was made to split it in two. A decision I think was actually made long before. To view both Kill Bill films separately is to view two cohesive films that are tonally very different but share much of the same language of cinema. While Vol.2 is more character focused and relaxed Vol.1 is an ice cream sundae based explosion of violence, movie quoting and cereal based gags. Click the link for my review.
Tarantino has always been a director given a rather large amount of free reign to do whatever the hell he feels like. Even as far back as Reservoir Dogs he was allowed to just get on with making the film he wanted to make. A few years back Quentin and Robert Rodriguez set about making a pair of pet project love letters to the Grindhouse cinemas of the 70s. While Rodriguez made the delightfully silly Planet Terror, Tarantino chose to do somewhat of a homage to the slasher movie genre. Soon, he realised how restrictive the slasher genre actually was and instead managed to get himself distracted by lengthy dialogue, a wafer thin premise and feet. I mean more so distracted by feet than usual. But is Death proof any good? Well, yes and no… read why after the jump. Or on any sites that have reviewed the film I suppose. They all have opinions too.
Well where else would I start with a season of Tarantino reviews than with Reservoir Dogs? My Best Friend’s Birthday you say? Stop being a completionist. No-one has seen that. Not fully anyway. What do you mean I’ve already done a load of Tarantino reviews? That’s just sounds like the ramblings of a mad man. Does this not say it’s review 206? that means it follows on from review 205 which was Scrooged, not a Tarantino film. Pffft… kids today. Click the link why don’t ya!
So if you look back to my review of Kill Bill Vol.1 that I posted recently you’ll see that I enjoy the film’s mix of classic revenge motifs and extremely violent action. It’s a hard act to follow. Even if, technically, Vol.2 isn’t a sequel. The two films are meant to be seen as one entity. Some people take issue with Kill Bill Vol.2 because it doesn’t share the first film’s fast pace and levels of extreme violence. After the link I plan to tell you why expecting the same thing is where those people went wrong.
So far at this point in Tarantino’s career he had directed two very successful films and written another for Tony Scott to direct. For his third directorial (Well, technically 4th) effort Quentin decided he would adapt one of three Elmore Leonard novels. The original plan was to adapt the books Freaky Deaky and Killshot but, at some point, he re-read Rum Punch and two more potential Tarantino films went into his vault of ideas never realised. A vault that includes a James Bond film and, apparently, a third Kill Bill. Face it, he’ll never make Volume 3. Anyway, now fully back in love with Rum Punch Quentin made a few small adjustments, changing the lead character’s name and changing the title, and then began to set about making his ode to 70s Blaxploitation films. So how did Tarantino’s third film turn out? Click the link to find out.