This film is often referred to as Tarantino’s worst film, and he himself has admitted it’s his weakest effort and usually excludes it from his filmography. Does it deserve the bashing it’s gotten? Definitely not, but I will agree that this is his weakest film.
Death Proof has an all-star cast, including Kurt Russell as the murderous Stuntman Mike, Zoë Bell as herself, and other amazing actresses such as Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The story revolves around Stuntman Mike, who follows vehicles carrying beautiful young women. He uses his “death proof” car to terrorize, and ultimately murder, the women.
The editing of this film is why this is such a divisive movie. Tarantino edited this film to appear like the viewer is watching a smutty B-movie on VHS. You’ll see hairs on the screen, tracking lines, and weird jumps. I personally loved these touches, but can see why this bothers so many others. The story is also not as strong as his other works, and often jumps around.
The acting is great and natural, as per usual with a Tarantino production. Each character feels like someone you could meet in the wild, and Kurt Russell totally steals the film.
Some people will adore Death Proof, while others will despise it. It’s a smutty, gory, fun ride that begs to be re-watched. Your tolerance of risk-taking cinema will be the ultimate deciding factor if this film is for you.
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