Having read the script about four times now, to me personally it still is NOT Quentin’s finest work. However, this movie is a homage to the glorious ‘so-bad-they’re-good’ films and it is a possible reflection on that. Having been quite literally blown away by Pulp Fiction and the
script of Kill Bill (I never cared enough for the performances of Uma Thurman/David Carradine to care about the actual movie) the script to Death Proof looks like it is a homage to all of Quentin’s other work.
I have said this before but some of the dialogue sounds like it has been written by someone wanting to write like Quentin Tarantino. Remember on the DVD of Pulp Fiction when Quentin introduced a deleted scene between John Travolta and Uma Thurman and he said it was as if someone was trying to write like him. That is what this script is.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a couple of QuentinClassics in there that you will be repeating this time next year, but the script is not laced with the sort of things we all know, as fan, Quentin is capable of.
No song is listed in the script, but the style of song is described. For the opening credits (you will know it is a QT film just by the opening credits and not because of the music wink wink) is described as “Good God almighty” country track.
As a lot of scenes take place in a car, there is always music playing and in the bar scene in the middle there is a jukebox which takes center stage at one point. There is going to be some early seventies blues. Stuntman Mike loves his music…
I’ve said this over at my own forum, but in my opinion and this is what this review is based on, only TWO characters stand out. Stuntman Mike. now this character is the stuff of legend. He will be up there with Mr. Blonde, with Jules Winfield, with The Wolf, with Elle Driver. his dialogue is brilliant and when I read it, I could only picture Mickey Rourke saying it. The other character who is brilliant is Warren the Bartender. He is only in a few scenes but you will remember him, however I have it on good authority that Quentin Tarantino is playing him, so time will tell.
The girls are all very unlikable. They are the sort of characters who you WANT to see die, and i think that is how QT wrote them. Apart from Zoe Bell’s character, she comes across as the most likable but I think Zoe is just playing herself anyway.
Earl McGraw and his “Son Number 1” also make an appearance right in the middle of the script and their scene is an exact replica fo the church scene from Kill bill Vol. 1 and you will all appreciate it. Dialogue is excellent.
Well, the description of the eventual crash scenes is out of this world. By reading it, you’d think Quentin was writing a novel. He describes the actions of the characters during the crash scenes in every bloody detail. He doesn’t leave out a thing.
Overrall, it is a very dialogue heavy script and because most of the girls are so unlikable, and they’re the ones dominating most of the dialogue, it may drag on. There is only two action sequences in the script, the rest is people talking, but this is no Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs or Jackie Brown. The girls are quite vulgar too, that doesn’t endear you to them
I don’t think Quentin has a problem coming up with or writing good female parts, this is the man who brought you Mia Wallace, Oren Ishii, Elle Driver. Kill Bill showed he can cater for just woman and they can be just as memorable as his male characters, but in Death Proof, it is his male characters that flourish.
I would give this script 7/10 and despite my reservations about it on paper, I look forward to seeing it on screen.
S.J AKA Tarantriguez