Tarantino does a war film. OK, so it's just as unlikely - deliberately so - as most of the 40s and 50s war films that it appears to be drawing inspiration from... but it still has moments of genuine tension and excitement among the signature Tarantino gore.
Oh, and funny too.
Rather than try and update the premise, they've temporarily brought her brave, intelligent, hyper-resourceful but old-fashioned character to Los Angeles where a lot of laughs are generated as she interacts with her more modern peers.
There is of course a mystery; some bad guys; and ultimately a very happy ending. This could have been terribly dull and formulaic but in fact it's fresh and funny.
Recommended. This was actually a pretty good school holiday film to watch with the kids.
I enjoyed this film, just as I did when I saw it on release. I do wish they'd made more of the political side though. Throughout we are shown the inhumanity and incompetence of the fascist state that runs Earth, but nothing to suggest any resolution.
I don't think Verhoeven was suggesting that fascism is good, but he certainly didn't try to offer any alternatives.
Overthinking it maybe, but aside from the scifi action parts I found it a little depressing.