Saturday, July 5, 2008

Lukewarm Tarantino

Saw “DeathProof” yesterday. After starting off provocatively it ended up being just a bunch of conversations with random graphic violent moments thrown in. Undoubtedly the Tarantino touch is there, like all of his films it is compulsive viewing, but the point he is trying to make is missing. At least I missed it. The whole film is like listening to the conversation on the next table. That the occupants of the table are beautiful and sexy girls has its points of interest. But eavesdropping into other peoples conversations can take you only so far and beyond a point it gets boring. Having said that one has to put in a note about the use of music; as usual the Tarantino magic is spot on when it comes to the background score. I didn't know any of the songs but they were so right for the situations and sounded really good in the film.

Being an admirer of films like “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” and even his not so successful “Jackie Brown” I was looking forward to the film turning a corner and revealing something absolutely amazing. Unfortunately nothing like that happened. The film kept meandering and then like a bad 70’s action film (it pays a tribute to that genre) it ended in a climax where the bad guy got what was coming to him. Like the “Kill Bill” franchise “DeathProof” too did not live up to the expectations.

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