The extra .5 is for Joaquín Phoenix.
Maybe because I watched the extended cut (which seems fairly likely), I thought the first hour was way too long and took far too much time for anything useful to happen
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not without its problems, usually more on the technical side, but very good all the same.
No more Peggy, hopefully
Everything not listed below
Worst directing I've ever seen
Some shocking CGI
Daft plot (not the civil war, but the reasons they're fighting) and subplots
Martin Freeman's and Elizabeth Olsen's terrible accents
Crossbones was criminally underused
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…