I loved this film, but I think this was because I walked into it with no preconceptions, other than a knowledge of the era it's set in and the broad strokes of the characters in the film.
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A friend with me (a self-professed Tarantino fan) disliked it. She said she was expecting a 'Tarantino flim' and I counter argued that's what we got -- except she was expecting Hippie Pulp Fiction with a detailed recreation of a famous murder at the end. She didn't like Inglorious Basterds either, precisely because she couldn't reconcile the alt-history aspects of that film so I guess OUATIH was already going to push the wrong buttons with her from the get go.
She also said she felt bored during the film because she was waiting for some crazy shocking out of the blue thing to happen (again, shades of PF) which never did. She used the example of the scene on the boat with Cliff and his wife -- she wanted to see Cliff definitively kill her in gory detail.
It's completely not the point of the scene or why the film focuses on that aspect of Cliff's personal life. It's left ambigious because you, the audience are supposed to make up your own mind as to the truth (much like the other characters in the film) -- and in a way it's kind of an audience personality test courtesy of Mr. Tarantino.
Two different viewers will have two different ideas as to what 'really happened' and their perception will colour how you view Cliffs actions at the end of the film. Is he a misunderstood reluctant hero who steps up to the occasion? Or is he a murderer who redeems himself? Both? Neither?
It's amazing how much the flavour of the film changes based on your perception of that crucial scene on the boat. It says as much about the 'Tarantino fans' who apparently don't like the bulk of his work as it does about the people who snap to a quick judgement about what kind of person you are when you tell them you enjoy Tarantino films.
He knew that people would be walking into this film with specific expectations, based on his name and reputation and of the leaked subject matter of the film. Quentin's no different than the character of Cliff in that respect -- you either pigeonhole him as a maker of violent, sometimes gory films or you recognize him for his appreciation for the art and history of cinema.
Edited by Rob Ocelot on 06 September 2019 at 12:01pm