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My main problem with the film is something I have a problem with in many films: antagonists being antagonistic for the plot’s sake. It irritates me to no end when the movie is trying so desperately for me to sympathize with the protagonist but doesn’t let it happen naturally. I can tell when I’m being manipulated and this movie was basically a propaganda film for how the government treats the mentally ill horribly. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not playing devil’s advocate to the suits and politicians that turn a blind eye to those with mental disorders or the homeless. I am, however, aware of realistic situations that misunderstood individuals face and they are nothing even close to being mugged on the subway or not being able to get a word in edgewise when being let go from a job because of a misunderstanding. Those who loved the film will argue that its set in a fictional universe where the scum of the earth roam and that you need conflict to drive the narrative, but I still think a smarter director would know how to insert the conflict in a less gross and manipulative way. (P.S. I couldn’t stand that the film didn’t trust the audience to understand that he wasn’t really with the Zazzy Beats Character just by her asking him if his name was Arthur. Instead they had to show us all the reveals of “Gasp! He was alone all along!
Ok so I saw this last night and was floored at how great it was. I freaking loved it and I want to see it again but this time with a bigger crowd because my crowd was all old people who didn’t laugh at anything and I thought something was wrong or I was misinterpreting the jokes.
Anyway, to get to that ending: the whole time I kept thinking “ok, this is tarantino; he’s gonna switch up history somehow.” But what I thought was going to happen was instead of Sharon Tate dying, it would be Rick. So boy was I surprised when Rick and Cliff unloaded on those fucking hippies! When Rick got out the flamethrower I literally jumped out of my seat and yelled “Oh My God, no way!!”
It was so much fun and looking back on it, a really well made film. It already in my top 3 Tarantino films and it might go up further after a second watch.
What did you guys think? How about some great lines that stuck with you? My personal favorite was Cliff’s response to Ted saying “I am the devil and I’m here to do the devils business.” “Nah, it was dumber than that.”
Ok just saw Hollywood and I’d put it at #3 as of right now...just fucking amazing! I don’t know how he does it!
Also, can someone start a spoiler thread on this already?