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(500) Days of Summer (2009)
Last half hour was OK
but I was so disappointed with the rest of the film. I was really looking forward to a treat after reading the glowing reviews on here. Something right up there with Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind in terms of insight fullness regarding relationships. Sadly, it was bland & without any impact. There was no chemistry between the main characters & it was hard to find anything lovable about Summer. She, & the relationship, was just so 2D. I feel the premise of the story was good but the opportunity was utterly squandered. The last 25 mins was much better, as if the director had finally got into his stride, but it really wasn't worth the toe-fidgeting boredom of the 1st hour. The girl who played the kid sister was good, engaging, & worthy of better parts. All in all a big flop for me.
Death Proof (2007)
Not worth the trouble for 1 good scene.
This is really awful. The director has relied on his loyal fan base to make money with this film. He doesn't write well for women & consequently the endless conversations are lazy, lacklustre, & scrambling for humour & meaning. You can see what he was trying to do but he fails utterly to pull it off. Whilst the 'homage' to old 'B' movies may have worked if it had been set in the past; you have the absurdity of mobile 'phone use overlaid with fake scratches & sound faults. Kurt Russell's character was brilliant & the film overall was inferior to his superb acting talent. The dialogues felt really tired & you find yourself thinking he'd just looked back through his old screenplays & amended them to suit. I loved his other films & feel really 'cheated' by this. If this was a school report you'd find 'Must try harder' written on the bottom in red ink. Save your money & watch the 1975 classic Death Race 2000 instead. Alternatively, fast forward to the last 30 minutes of the film & then cue back to watch the few occasions where Kurt appears speaking & eating. Quentin...we deserve better than this self indulgent, foot fetish fest of old twaddle.