I should, by rights, dislike this film and it's very loose definition of the word "adaptation".
I'm a huge fan of the books and the TV show was spectacular. But despite all the changes and general disregard for source material, this still entertains me. Possibly due to the fantastic cast
I think to call this one of the greatest films ever is a wild exaggeration. Very good, yes, but ultimately there is no real plot and stuff just happens because it happens. Samuel L. Jackson was superb, and everyone gave very good performances, but Bruce Willis' character and story felt almost pointless, at least at face value. Of the five Tarantino films I've seen (this, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Django Unchained), this was definitely the weakest.
Influential? Yes. Different? Absolutely. 9/10 on the IMDb? No chance.
Predictable. Boring. Dull.
Saw 'Dawn' back-to-back with its superb predecessor, 'Rise of the POTA', so it's safe to say I was expecting big things. That was a mistake.
The whole first hour was basically pointless and it all followed the same routine: Thing needs doing, something stops thing from being done, thing gets done eventually. Rinse and repeat.
The only reason it gets a generous 2 stars is because of how magnificent it looked and how well it was shot…