Anyone seen this yet? It seemed to spend a grand total of a week in the cinema and then quickly sped to DVD.
My copy arrived today and I've just watched it.
Granted I haven't seen it with it's "Grindhouse pairing" with Planet Terror (Robert Rodriguez's movie about mutant zombies) and thus it lessons the impact of what they were trying to do, but well, i found it lacking.
The storyline, which is basically watching a load of ladies talking about everyday stuff, and then Kurt Russell KILLS THEM WITH HIS CAR, is pretty nondescript. Yeah maybe that was the point of the slasher films of yore, but well, it's pretty dull watching it now.
The good parts: The Girls are AWESOME. There are in fact two "groups" in the story, the first half are all bitchy and think they are "it" but the second group who we meet later are just ace. The casting is great, and Rosario Dawson could read the phone book and would still be memorizing to watch and listen too. When they eventually encounter the psychotic Stuntman Mike, you genuinely don't want them to come to harm.
But aside to that, the film is really lots of girls talking about girl things for a really long time and then CARNAGE, and then it's over. It's bizarre.. I just came away thinking, well that was nice, but what really was the point?
Maybe it'll improve with age. Hopefully Planet Terror will be more fun.
I fell asleep during Death Proof (I was tired, no reflection on the film) so I can't really comment on it. Planet Terror is bizarrely entertaining - just don't do anything silly, like expect it to make sense.
I haven't seen Planet Terror. We saw Death Proof as a preview the week before its release at the cinema, which seems ages ago. At the time, our verdict was, 'well, that was entertaining... but completely and utterly pointless'. I agree about the fierceness of the women though. And the soundtrack is awesome.
Post by cathybradford on Jan 19, 2008 23:51:44 GMT
See I don't wanna watch this or Planet Terror until they're released as Grindhouse because I wanna see it how it was originally intended to be watched first (trailers and all). I've also heard these extended version aren't as good as the shorter Grindhouse ones.
Post by cathybradford on Jan 20, 2008 20:21:55 GMT
Are they actually ever going to release them that way though?
Without a doubt.
They only reason they released them as individual movies on DVD first was to cash in. That now people are buying two seperate movies instead of one with the fans and purests also buying Grindhouse down the line. It's damage limitation for what was a big flop.
There'll be a pretty big DVD market for Grindhouse, it's already developed a big cult fanbase. The trailers alone have developed legendary status.
Post by audrey notwhatsheusedtobe on Mar 9, 2008 11:44:40 GMT
I've heard that there will be a limited cinema release for the whole Grindhouse format, which I'd like to see. I saw Deathproof last night. Hmmm there is rather a lot of chat which goes on far too long, but the completely amazing car chase bits do make the film worth seeing.
The second bunch of girls are brilliant. I loved Zoe Bell flailing around on the front of the car and the bit where she hops out of the car and starts going mental with a metal bar is so great. What's quite interesting is that Kurt Russell is actually the only male character,well apart from a cameo by QT and the guy with Italian Vogue in the store. The soundtrack is ace as ever.
The trailer for Planet Terror looked great, I'm very excited about it.
It wasn't much better than Death Proof. It just seemed that Robert Rodriguez wanted to do a load of set pieces and stunts, and then just made up a story to tie them together. The problem with writing/filming/editing/directing and scoring your own film, is that you don't ever have someone say "Look, this bit's sloppy. Lose it" And there is a lot of slop in this film.
The cast are good enough, but the story has been done to death, and again, like Death Proof, you just finish it thinking "Why was this film made?" It didn't do anything new or have anything fresh to say.
I'm beginning to understand why the films bombed stateside.