Quentin Tarantino’s first film, an indie. After that came Pulp Fiction only two years later. It’s hard to imagine that he’s produced a better movie since than either of these, although many of his subsequent movies have been very good. I recently watched this on the Net for the first time and it was out of this world. The dialogue was great, the plot was perfect and in particular, the acting was simply amazing.
There is a lot of very explicit violence in this movie though, so it’s very hard to take. But I like Tarantino’s take on violence. The old violence in movies was sanitized. Tarantino makes lethal and non-lethal violence seem gross, disgusting, nauseating, sickening, blood and guts and all that splattered all over.
Shot bodies react just as bodies do when shot – absolutely fling backwards at a very fast speed. People stagger off to finally drop. Dying takes a while for some and is disgusting and horrible to watch.
You watch sanitized violence and it seems like violence is not so bad. We kids used to play army. If you got shot, you fell down like in the movies. But it was all sanitized, like the violence in the movies. That makes it too clean and it makes violence more likely.
When you see how sickening real violence is, blood and guts splattered all over, people wheezing and gasping in death throes, it’s so sickening and repulsive that it seems like the last thing you would ever want to do. It’s hard to imagine anyone but a sadist getting aroused or jazzed up by Tarantino’s grotesque and sickening violence.
Normal people will want to vomit or walk out of the theater. And in fact, at initial showings at the Cannes, many viewers did walk out on this movie, including famous directors. But even the walk-outs said the movie was very good.
Well recommended. Have you watched it yet? Do.