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Is Grindhouse Worth Your Time?

by Theblueswink (writer), Los Angeles, April 12, 2007

If your time is not extremely precious and you liked Sin City and Kill Bill, it is worth motivating to go see Grindhouse in the theatres. If not, it’s not. If you haven’t seen those aforementioned films, it’s an iffy proposition to try this one out first.
Grindhouse is an attempt to recreate the 70s B-movie experience. It consists of two films, Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof. The double-feature begins with a fake trailer and there are three fake trailers shown in between the two features. The trailers are gory and fairly funny, but not genius.
As for the two features, Rodriquez’s horror is a bit too much of a straight spoof and is too enamored of CGI effects, but Rose McGowen is very watchable as a gun-legged go-go hero. Tarantino’s Death Proof has the visceral visual intimacy of 35mm film (made more obvious by first film’s excessively digital film surface) and depicts decently charismatic characters speaking clever dialogue. However, the pacing of the movie is too slow and the film fails to build the dramatic imperative essential for the car chase scenes to really work. The viewer never doubts that the good girls will ultimately prevail. Or really cares.
But still, Death Proof is fun, as was Planet Terror to a lesser extent, and at the end a forgiving viewer will leave the theatre feeling sufficiently entertained, lightly cinematically educated, and stiff from 3 and 1/2 hours of sitting.

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