Dinelka Balasuriya’s review published on Letterboxd:
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September Movie Challenge: #6- From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)</span>
"Where are you taking us?" Kate
"To Mexico" Richie
(in a confused manner) "What's in Mexico?" Kate
After the sweet surprise of Rodrigeuz' 1995 "Desperado", I thought there was no better time than to check out "From Dusk Till Dawn" as soon as possible.
"From Dusk Till Dawn" is a movie I really enjoyed yet I can understand dislike by others. The first half of the film is superior to the second half and here's why. The first half plays out like a Tarantino script with a Tarantino screenplay. He actually wrote the screenplay and it works immaculately. As soon as they arrive at the "Titty Twister" as it is referred to in the film, the tone of the film turns on its head. What worked perfectly as a Tarantino movie turns into a Rodrigeuz movie filled with fun action, great set pieces, some fine humour and a lot of strong tension. The shift between tone and story can bother some and I acknowledge and understand reasons to dislike the film, but I was definitely amazed at how much I enjoyed the film.
The characters are well developed throughout, the performances are fantastic by the cast with scene stealers being George Clooney, Harvey Keitel (in a very different role from his previous Tarantino flicks) and Salma Hayek, in a short cameo as the Queen of all bloodsucking vampires. The characters introduced during the second half are interesting, lively and likeable. Whilst the effects are somewhat cheesy and cheap looking, I managed to overlook this minor issue and enjoy the entertainment of the film.