Friday, May 30, 2014

Movie Review: From Dusk Till Dawn

 When Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino get together on a project, cool things happen.  

 From Dusk Till Dawn is not an amazing vampire movie.  It does not set a new standard in the genre, and does nothing that hasn't been seen or explored in other films.  From Dusk Till Dawn simply is a great vampire flic, a film with a lot of great lines and great scenes.  It is one of those films where you can tell that everyone loves the project and everyone was having fun.

 Quentin Tarantino lives a charmed life.  He knows people who know how to have a good time making a movie.  This film includes a who's who list of incredibly talented and well-established players; George Clooney, Selma Hayek, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin (in three roles!), Danny Trejo, the legendary Tom Savini, Fred Williamson... these people just don't act in films, they shape what comes out of Hollywood.  Partnered with the vision of Robert Rodriguez, this crew could make just about anything and you would HAVE to see it.  

Putting the "fun" in dysfunction.
 The film essentially has four movements; our introduction to the Gecko Brothers is as bombastic and cool as one has come to expect from Mr. Tarantino, our introduction to the Fuller Family whom the Geckos use to get into Mexico and away from the police who are seeking them out, establishing the environment of the Titty Twister Bar, and the vampire massacre.  Of those four movements, the vampire scenes are actually the least interesting (despite being over-the-top and maxing out the old-school special effects bag-of-tricks).  It is the dialogue throughout the first three movements that truly makes the movie.  All the main characters are broken in some way, and must come together in order (for some of them) to survive the monsters they encounter. 

The hotness...
 Thankfully, the vampires are not the hip androgynous dark angels that have become the Hollywood standard.  The vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn are demonic spawn from hell with forms taken directly from some twisted nightmare.  The gory fight-and-kill scenes that follow their reveal will definitely satisfy the blood-and-guts fan.  While I was a little disappointed with the ease that the vampires were dispatched, the vampire scenes were still very well done.

 From Dusk Till Dawn is, in one word, fun.  While I doubt it is anyone's top ten favorites, it is totally worth seeing. 

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