Enjoyable. Fake Danny Trejo trailerâ€¦.sort of funny. Must side with R.Râ€™s first half – more subtle nods to exploitation nuance (massive plot holes, stunted and meaningless one-liners, lots of shit that doesnâ€™t make sense, etc). Be warned, though, of the flip-side: Thereâ€™s also aÂ plenty of ham-fisted, over-referential crap (the fake worn-out film stock). The violence in Planet Terror is cartoonish and everywhereâ€¦.the squeamish among you should not worry. I donâ€™t like realistic gore/torture, yet this one didnâ€™t bother me at all. Laughed out loud at some childish splatter scenes, truth told.
Now, Tarantinoâ€™s half is a different story. Dialogue-heavy, and Iâ€™ve been known to enjoy his dialogue about 50/50, but itâ€™s weaker than usualâ€¦.and boring. Thereâ€™s far less violence, but itâ€™s more effective/disturbing. Thatâ€™s probably just due to my queasiness re: realistic car accident scenes. Car accidents send me up the wall; the thought of them, the sight of real ones, the sound of them, and when they are realistically depicted in film, I tend to shudder. Death ProofÂ packs oneÂ that is alternately ridiculous and jarring. The second halfÂ (of the second half) is dumb-dumb surprising and fun. The Vanishing Point references could have been cut in half, however.
The intermission trailers:
EliÂ Roth, a director thatÂ I care nothing about, delivers the best one, especially if, like me, you grew up watching crappy horror on crappy TV sets on crappy Saturday afternoons.
Recommended.Â Another complaint before I close: Youâ€™d think that the three hours would blow by. Thatâ€™s not entirely true. Most of Tarantinoâ€™sÂ yip-yapping scenes drag. And of course, the whole experience is aided if you are a serious movie nerd thatâ€™s padded your life with loads of film-garbage. Â