Can finally listen to the DiFs now!
Finished off Tarantino's filmography tonight with a double feature of The Assassination of Bill by the Coward Uma Thurman. In the moment it's definitely a fun experience. Uma Thurman is a goddess and we should never have allowed her to fall off the A-list. The fight scenes are all pretty damn awesome—tbh I prefer the one-on-one brawls to the Crazy-88 showpiece, especially the opening knife fight and the trailer duel.
The fun does not come without reservations, however. Just casually throwing in there that the Bride has been raped repeatedly while comatose is just such a fucking gross, demeaning, awful thing, and while I often just roll my eyes at Tarantino's more tryhard edgelord moments this one made me actively furious with him. That leads to my larger problem with the movie—it's decidedly the turning point where Tarantino stopped making movies and started making various degrees of cartoon. I can't entirely blame him—if Jackie Brown, my best and most adult movie, got a lukewarm reception and then I released a four-hour cartoon to general acclaim, I'd probably keep making the cartoons too. But it filled me with a certain sadness knowing that this was the point where he stopped trying to mature in his filmmaking.
Some other scattered observations:
- I'm surprised Zoe Bell didn't get her own proper credit, considering the Crazy 88 stunt team did along with the other actors.
- The more self-indulgent stuff (the Pai Mei scenes, God) should have been trimmed so this could have been released as one 200-minute movie. Separating the two volumes is to Volume 2's detriment—it's an hour of continued action followed by an hour of denouement, which when viewed in isolation would be a pretty major pacing problem.
- Why does everyone hate Death Proof so much? Volume 1 is the exact same tone for even longer, and nothing in it compares to the car chase in DP.
Final QT ranking now that I've seen all his stuff: Jackie Brown/Pulp Fiction > Inglourious Basterds > Reservoir Dogs > The Hateful Eight > Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 > Death Proof > Django Unchained. Like 'em all except for Django (which still has its moments), and outright love the first three. I await his upcoming Manson film with a mixture of hope and leeriness—his decision to release it on the anniversary of the Tate murders as a publicity stunt doesn't exactly fill me with hope that he'll nail the tone.
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