Machete is true to its genre and timeline and never veers off course. In order for a movie to be good, it has to entertain. In order for a movie to be reviewed well, it has to achieve all of its personal goals which Machete does very well. Robert Rodriguez once again mimicks the Grindhouse experience which demands sex, violence, and gore in an extreme and unusual manner. Unfortunately, it doesn't come without its flaws. I felt the immigration issue, which is basically the only plot in the film completly betrayed the B movie feel and ultimately watered down an almost perfect experience. Its almost as if rodriguez forgot he was directing a movie which falls into the category of the ridiculous and decided it needed to have a reason. That would be okay if the idea was interested or portayed in an interesting manner. Of course this is not the case, which begets endless amounts of boring dialouge that is a real buzz kill. I constantly had to switch my brain from mindless blood orgy mode to "The View". In addition, the immense amount of characters in the movie could have been divided up into three seperate movies. This leaves Machete feeling rushed and bloated. The ending scene is a testimant to this, as many main characters recieve pathetic and insulting deaths. It never gave me enough time to relate to anyone accept for machete which is a big mistake. In order to feel any gratification for Machete, you need to know the people whos heads are lopping off one by one to even give a damn. If you dont, then the enjoyment of killings vanish within short time. Although this movie had many flaws, i feel most of them stay true to the grindhouse experience. Although this is a cheap exusue for directors to take short cuts, i feel the movie lived up to its name and then some.
Tarantinos best film to date. Its the unpredictability that is really engaging in this film. One moment could seem entirely innocent and then a secound later it could do a 360 degree turn around. The diaolog is legendary, violence comical, and characters engrossing. Truly one of the most original films around. Even though this film is quite long, quentin never left the possibility of a dull moment. Not to mention the attention to detail, and movie references is very impressive. From tarantino's favorite B movie posters in the background of jack rabbit slims, to unecessary side characters which add or removie obastacles in the storyline. Example: did they really need advice on how to clean a car from the wolf? i dont think so, but its still entertaining.
This movie is 100% flawless from an entertainment point of view. It has suspense, action, violence, gore, comedy, an original concept and interesting characters. This movie is so strange and refreshingly original, its almost too much to handle. This movie caught me off gaurd several times. A scene which seem's completly innocent spins in an entirely different direction before you can blink. One character in the film took me completly off gaurd, changing his persona drasticly. It was like a kitten turning into a pitbull. And its not just landa im talking about. In this movie, theres nothing special about the main characters in a sense where anyone can die. If you go see this movie you will be emerrsed in the universe of tarantino, and leave a slightly different person. Not quentins's best flick, but most entertaining by a long shot.