The Reviews Are In: Tarantino's Death Proof Is Worth Sticky Movie Seats

April 6, 2007
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We told you last year about Grindhouse, the double-feature-as-single-homage flick being assembled by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Today's the day when the hardcore violent zombie death fest meets Kurt Russell in an indestructible car. The best part? The three-hour flick's a gas, say the big film critics.

The New York Times says the double feature has guts - on the screen and figuratively - that summer blockbusters can't muster:

“Grindhouse,” soaked in bloody nostalgia for the cheesy, disreputable pleasures of an older form of movie entertainment, can also be seen as a passionate protest against the present state of the entertainment industry. Those Detroit relics, modified with loving care in someone’s garage or backyard, may waste gas and burn oil, but they seem to have an individuality — a soul — that the homogeneous new vehicles, with their G.P.S. and their cruise control, their computer chips and their air bags, can never hope to match.

And it gives far more attention to Tarantino's half than to Rodriguez':

The verbal and visceral elements have no organic connection, and the plot is booby-trapped with surprises. I’m hesitant to risk giving away too much, but I will say that Kurt Russell is awfully good, and that I could listen to Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Tracie Thoms, two of the movie’s motor-mouthed heroines, talk through the whole three hours of “Grindhouse,” read the phone book or recite “The Faerie Queene” on tape in my Volvo in the middle of a traffic jam.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Tarantino's car-chase splatfest wins again:

Quentin Tarantino's film, "Death Proof," is much the superior of the two, a high-speed hybrid that juxtaposes comedy, jeopardy, a psycho killer and an action climax of remarkable emotional intensity. (The writer-director also served as cinematographer.) Unlike Mr. Tarantino's convoluted "Pulp Fiction," this shortish film has a linear plot that's easy to convey -- so easy that I'll pass on conveying it, for fear of spoiling the grisly fun.

Go see it and come back to comment here on the blog, and let us know what you think. Meanwhile, the reviews!

'Grindhouse' Revels In Genre's Tawdry Thrills--The Wall Street Journal

Grindhouse - Review - Movies - New York Times">Back to the (Double) Feature--The New York times

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