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Worth watching once, but the weakest of all Tarrantino films
on 16 February 2017
I think this was the weakest of the films directed by Quentin Tarrantino. It had all the technical excellence in the scenes shot and payed homage to the 1970s. The film was very slow to begin, with weak dialogue up until the first group of girls are in conversation with "Stuntman Mike." There is a kind of misogyny of not really caring about the first group of girls being killed off and the laughable scenes of low budget gore, loosely comparable to B-movies of the '70s, such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Again, when the viewer is introduced to the second group of girls, who were a little more interesting, the dialogue was still fairly weak. It is only the last 30 mins of the film, that hold the most interest. The dialogue between the girls became interesting, leaving the viewer wanting to discover what they were going to do with the car.
I was very disappointed that the car chase scenes near the end, that were gripping only lasted for about 15 minutes. However, in those 15 minutes, it appeared that Tarrantino had captured inspiration from the best parts of road movies, such as Duel, The Driver (original), Vanishing Point and Bullitt.
I think this is a film, that is technically brilliant in the way most of the scenes have been composed, paying homage to many of the great scripts of films of old, that were produced on fairly low budgets. However, the majority of the script was weak, where Kurt Russell's part was the most interesting in contrast to the rest of the actors. This is a film worth watching, if only once, to admire the technical aspects of Tarrantino's directing.