April 10, 2007

At the Grindhouse

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Death Proof was better than Planet Terror. I like puss-oozing zombies as much as the next guy, but not as much as hot chicks, cool cars, and stuntwoman Zoe Bell showing off her talent without having to hide her face (as she did when she doubled Uma Thurman in the Kill Bill movies). I didn't find the dialogue boring; on the contrary, I thought the peculiar pacing worked very well, and was one of the things that made DP more interesting than PT.

The critics' blurbs on the Rotten Tomatoes page make interesting reading: "If you can stomach Rodriguez's effort, fear not -- you'll be rewarded with Tarantino's." "Grindhouse is insider fun when Rodriguez is in charge and regrettable trash when Tarantino takes over." "Robert Rodriguez bakes a load of stale if bloody pastry called Planet Terror, while Quentin Tarantino fries up a tasty mess of fun with Death Proof." "Planet Terror is a great bad movie; Death Proof is just plain bad." "Death Proof is, in many ways, an amazing approximation of the old exploitation films, but with an unmistakable QT vibe. Rodriguez, on the other hand, directs his half as the fever dream of someone who has only been told about exploitation movies."

Elliciting passionate disagreements over which movie is better strikes me as a mark of a successful double feature. (They're being split up and released separately in many countries, which is just weird. Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of the project?)

Posted by John Tabin at April 10, 2007 06:56 AM