|09.03.09||Alamo Lake Creek|| I kinda figured I couldn't not see this in the theater. More than any other dude making movies today I think Quentin loves the cinema and to wait to see his movies at home on my TV just wouldn't be right. I'm glad I did. It was even worth the extreme sticker shock on the Lake Creek menu (7 bucks for chips and queso??? seriously!?).|
So let's see. I tried to anything anyone else said about this movie... reviews, blogs, whatever. I think it was a mistake for me to read the Death Proof script and be so aware of their shooting in town and every little detail because I didn't enjoy that movie much when i saw it so i didn't read this script, only watched the trailer like once, avoided everything. I'm glad I did. It's not exactly what I thought it would be, but that's not a bad thing at all. Instead of a men-on-a-mission type story, it's almost more of an episodic intertwining novel which, in hindsight, makes perfect sense considering this came from the guy who made Pulp Fiction. Although Brad Pitt is the marquee star, the movie's really made up of tiny star turns where characters get their very well-defined moment in the sun and then recede into the background for the next one to step into the spotlight. Again, this shouldn't be a surprise.
I also very much appreciated how many unfamiliar faces I saw, helped of course that everyone gave really great performances. In fact, I liked the liked of Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbinder and Til Schweiger so much that it became pretty odd to see Samm Levine and BJ Novak in there. For some reason, Brad Pitt never bothered me although I have to say that both Eli Roth and Mike Myers drew me out of the movie. Mike Myers was made up to the point that I felt he was playing Austin Powers doing a character than a real British general. I'm sure there's some reason why he was cast but I'm sure there's a real brit out there who could've done it better without the unintentional humor of just being Mike Myers looking ridiculous. And Roth... sigh... OK, He's great when he's saying "Antonio Marghereeeeeeeti" but his brooklyn accent is pretty terrible and again... like there isn't one good actor on earth who's actually from brooklyn? Come on, the brooklyn accent hasn't changed in like 500 years... it would've been cooler to have another fresh face there.
Great use of music. Interesting structure. Great performances from interesting actors. I was kind of hesitant about this movie but ended up really enjoying it, which I'm really happy about.