Saturday, September 22, 2007

Quentin Tarantino, ran out of Gas in Death Proof

Quentin Tarantino, famous for his films including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and the Two-volume Kill Bill has proven that he is the main man, the bee’s knees and the charismatic director in one. His sixth film, Death Proof does not have the same zest as his previous films, says many movie experts.

According to a consensus, in this new film, Tarantino lost his ear for dialogue, gift for quirky characterization that made his previous movies on the box office.

The movie’s plot is that of the cheap seedy 1970s films featuring fast cars, guns and women. When shown in America, it flopped badly as it evoked the “grindhouse” era of American cinema. In Britain, it is being shown on its own with scratches on the print, bad color and the typical lost frame.

Although not very promising in the eyes of movie critics, Death Proof also has good shots including two high-speed car chases ending in crashes proving his talent for producing action movies. Stuntwoman Zoe Bell straddled the bonnet of her car on a second chase, and the film's funniest moment, when Russell, about to commit mayhem, stares at the camera and smiles and gleefully making the audience complicit with Mike's evil deeds.

The other 100 minutes of the film featured dull, repetitive and incessant dialogues from different women. Once, Tarantino had been known for his snappy and smart dialogues.

Tarantino said he hung out with these women, and insisted that “this is how girls talk”. QT said “this is how actresses talk when they know there's a writer-director in the room, eagerly taking notes”.

Their yakking is as tiresome as Tarantino's habit of ramming his taste down audiences' throats: the movie posters on every interior wall, the Joe Tex single lovingly framed on a jukebox – and the mention of "the white 1970 Dodge Challenger with the 440 engine in Vanishing Point", repeated three times.


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