I’ve been meaning to post about Tarantino for a while and today’s news that he is going to make a movie about the Manson murders prompts me. Surely a topic he can do well, though the opportunities for black humour currently escape me.
He’s a bit of a marmite figure, old Quentin. The first of his films that I saw was “Reservoir Dogs” though at the time I just thought it was just a pretty good, violent, caper movie. Then “Pulp Fiction” made me realise he’s a bit special. I think I saw “Four rooms” but can’t remember a thing about it. “Jackie Brown” was a real switch but again I was impressed, not least by the soundtrack. This is a guy who knows his music in a film context. The hoopla around the Kill Bills (sword noises sourced from 70s kung foo movies etc etc) raised a few alarm bells….was he un peu up himself? Mind you, the films were good. On to “Sin City” – amazing visually, though I have a vague feeling it dragged a bit….need to watch it again. Never saw “Dance me to the end of love”.
Then I lost interest…not anti, just not excited when I heard he had a film coming out. Why? Don’t know really, and there seemed to be a bit of a backlash at his presumptuousness or so perceived.
Recently I caught up on the Grindhouse set – notably his film – and guess what – it’s fucking brilliant. The car chase at the end is the most exciting thing I think I’ve seen for ages, and Zoe Bell (previously a stunt body double for Uma Thurman in the Bills) is an inspired piece of casting. Incredibly she’d never “acted” before. It came as a deal from Dodgers with “Django Unchained” which I watched with some anticipation – it’s a bit painful to experience in a Tarantino kind of way – the racism is horrendous (gratuitous?) – but staggering nonetheless.
“The Hateful 8” sits by the telly for later. Then I only have “Inglorious basterds” to complete the set. I was put off by the wilful misspelling. I’m shallow like that.
Overall I think he’s quite brilliant, though possibly not as brilliant as he thinks he is. I can see why he irritates people – TBH he still slightly irritates me – but trusting the art rather than the artist I have to say his standard is remarkably high and he’s never made a dud film. Certainly not for the faint hearted, but watchable and you can’t ignore them!
Bonus ball – 5 extra points if you can tell me the chronologically correct final scene of “Pulp Fiction”. No looking!