Does not hold up on second viewing. The imagery comes across as lazy and the characters as meaningless. This whole movie would have worked better as a 15 minute long short film. The slow, opaque style Alverson masterfully employed in Entertainment only feels numb and ridiculous in this early effort.
Casual racism, sexism, homophobia, and terrible puns. What a treat? Does anyone really think it's progressive that the movie has casually gay characters when their love is used as nothing but a punchline?
Also what type of message movie about religious tolerance includes more Mexican stereotypes than a speedy gonzalez cartoon?
A massive disappointment after the masterpiece that was This Is The End.
Probably the most restrained effort from Mr. Tarantino's entire career. Gone are all the pop Godardian tricks that first made him famous (besides the almost Brechtian decision to stage a road-show along with some pop music, a few gags centered around the intermission, and the almost-hokey clue-like genre of the murder mystery stuck inside one place); in its place is a more classical story that tries to fit more snugly among the ranks of the exploitation masters of the 70s…
Fascism! the musical. Starring Mr. Drone and Mr. Surveillance State vs. Mr. Globalized Corporate Interest. W/ special guest appearences by Gal Gadot as the Mrs. Military Entertainment Complex. Witness the horrors of 9/11 replayed as a BMW commercial! Marvel at the utter destruction of any debate around the ethics of ~great power~ + ~great responsibility~! Wonder at the soul-crushing, mind-numbing, jolly-rancher-sucking series of product placements that make up the bulk of the shoddy story! Horror at a possible low point in an already very low culture.