I wish I could rate this higher - Planet Terror alone rates a 4 - but Death Proof keeps it below the 3 mark.
There wasn't much I didn't love about Planet Terror. But it was never going to be a hard-sell, anyway, as I'm a sucker for Zombie stories. So I pretty much knew what I was in for there, and I wasn't disappointed.
Death Proof had such potential - and squandered it right out the gate. How do you go wrong with a story about a guy who kills people with his car? Well, you wait FORTY FUCKING MINUTES to get into the action, for starters. Then you kill all the people you wasted my time developing, only to introduce ANOTHER set of characters, take ANOTHER lifetime developing them (in as much as Tarantino's Dialog can be substituted for development - and believe me, what Death Proof lacks in the way of an interesting, well-developed story, it more than makes up for in pointlessly protracted dialog) and set them on the same road to ruin (pardon the pun).
Fuck ME, this is the finest example I've ever seen of how NOT to structure a movie.