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NO SPOILERS

Caught a matinee yesterday and, wow, Quentin Tarantino has out done himself. The screenplay is inspirational and the story fantastic. DiCaprio, Pitt and Robbie are at their best.

I've a new favorite QT movie and am already planning on a second viewing.
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Great to hear - for sure on my to watch list


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Saw it yesterday.  Agreed.  I HAVE to see it a second time.  


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Never heard of it... but I will watch it. Not sure why I haven't heard of this. I don't watch TV (aside from movies and the very occasional series on Netflix), but I'm sure I should have heard of a new QT movie before it was released.


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Don't know if I should see this in theaters or wait for the comfort of my home. Jackie Brown has always been my favorite QT movie, and while I believe this is probably a damn good movie, I doubt it'll top JB. Imo, at least.


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Don't know if I should see this in theaters or wait for the comfort of my home. Jackie Brown has always been my favorite QT movie, and while I believe this is probably a damn good movie, I doubt it'll top JB. Imo, at least.


If that's the case then you will absolutely love this movie. JB was what I thought was most similar as this is so unlike his action films.
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I guess I saw a different movie. This film was so self-indulgent and had little story or structure. Which can be fine sometimes, but here, for me, it didn't work.
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As much as I hate to admit it, this is the first QT film that I found to be a bit boring (especially in the second act). I'm totally okay with characters sitting around and shooting the shit so long as the dialogue is engaging and witty. And there are certainly some amazing moments in this film. But as a whole, OUATIH is unfocused, too long, and not nearly as sharp as it should be.

I do think the movie is worth seeing for Pitt and Leo. They're true movie stars in every sense of the term and the film comes alive when they're on screen. I also think QT mastered the look and feel of vintage classics (as well as 1969 Hollywood). And then there's the ending. Holy shit does the movie come alive in the last 20 minutes. But it's too little, too late and I can't recommend a film based on one scene alone.

Story wise, it seemed like there were two competing narratives. I wish QT focused on Rick and Cliff and Rick and Cliff only. Poor Robbie is given next to nothing to do so they should have minimized her role in the film even more.

Out of his 9 films, I'd probably place this one near the bottom. But it's still worth the watch as QT is one of the best filmmakers working today.

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Hey, Ap, do you mean Pitt and Brad?  
Or Pitt and Dicaprio?

I admired Pitt after his comic turn as Chad Feldheimer in Burn After Reading - proved he was no one-trick pony. I hope there's some comical in his role here.


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Quoted from LC
Hey, Ap, do you mean Pitt and Brad?  
Or Pitt and Dicaprio?


DERP. Or maybe Pitt was doubly as good haha thanks for the edit. Fixed!



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Is Samuel L Jackson not in it?

I do respect Dicrapio (as I ironically call him) as an actor... but I don't really like Brad. He's too Hollywood. That said, I never liked Bruce Willis either until I saw his role in Pulp Fiction.


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Is Samuel L Jackson not in it?


He's not.

I dunno why this movie is getting so much praise. It doesn't flow well, it has meaningless scenes that drag on for no reason and add nothing to the story, which is non-existent, really. I think because it's Tarantino people go into it wanting to love it and kind feel an obligation to do so. A lot of cringe-worthy stuff in this film, like that Bruce Lee scene.
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Loved this too. Definitely in the top half of Tarantino's work for me.

I realise I'm somewhat biased here as I'm a big fan of what he does (except Death Proof) plus I'm interested in that era and those murders so I was predisposed to like it.

Yet, and this is going to sound as condescending and smug and pretentious as can be, I feel those who didn't enjoy this film either don't like cinema. don't like Tarantino...or both.


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Quoted from Demento
I guess I saw a different movie. This film was so self-indulgent and had little story or structure. Which can be fine sometimes, but here, for me, it didn't work.


+1.

I adore Tarantino's work, and consider Jackie Brown & Inglorious as his best two, but this was a major misfire, for me.

It just meanders sans the trademark dialogue, sputtering along until the admittedly excellent closing.

Apparently at one stage Tarantino was looking at Tom Cruise for the Pitt role, and it would've made for a better film if TC was in place.

There would've been a freshness and a teaming up of two all-time greats to add a dimension to what felt like a stale partnership re: DiCaprio / Tarantino & Pitt / Tarantino.

I really wanted to like this film, but just found it largely boring.


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Quoted from Colkurtz8
Yet, and this is going to sound as condescending and smug and pretentious as can be, I feel those who didn't enjoy this film either don't like cinema. don't like Tarantino...or both.

I like cinema, I like Tarantino. I think this was one of his worse movies. I would put it below The Hateful Eight.

The stars, the glitz and glamour seem to elevate the material for some. However, I thought this movie was shallow and had no point or flow.
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