Tarantino’s ‘Top Ten Films of 2013 (So Far)’ post gets a comic book underlier

The "Django Unchained" director gives some thoughts on 2013 films and Ben Affleck as Batman. (Credits: Weinstein Company / Columbia Pictures)
The “Django Unchained” director gives some thoughts on 2013 films and Ben Affleck as Batman. (Credits: Weinstein Company / Columbia Pictures)

Tarantino’s ‘Top Ten Films of 2013 (So Far)’ post gets a comic book underlier

With an opinion keener than The Bride’s custom-made samurai sword, “Django Unchained” director Quentin Tarantino made recent movie headlines off delivering his thoughts on 2013’s movie season so far.

Excerpts from an interview Le Inrockuptibles had with Tarantino had a corner regarding his movie blogging and it became more than a mention in an Indie Wire piece. It seems a minor slice of his picks were either out of the comic book genre or had comics appeal

One of his most surprising picks that wasn’t part of those obscure choices was “The Lone Ranger”. The Johnny Depp and Arnie Hammer western has been the gristly gab of downturn critiques, with a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a panning by most critics nation-wide.

But viewers on Rotten Tomatoes gave Gore Verbinski’s latest film a wavering 58%, while on IMDB the flick rates at a likable 6.6 out of 10.

Tarantino echoes that wavering estimation, as he explains to the French magazine.

“The first forty-five minutes are excellent,” Tarantino stated about “The Lone Ranger” before conceding, “…the next forty-five minutes are a little soporific. It was a bad idea to split the bad guys in two groups; it takes hours to explain and nobody cares. Then comes the train scene—incredible! When I saw it, I kept thinking, ‘What, that’s the film that everybody says is crap? Seriously?’ “

He goes on, the writer/director of “Inglorious Basterds”, and gives his dollars-on-purview sense of Tonto’s origin.

“That being said, I still have a little problem with the film. I like Tonto’s backstory—the idea that his tribe got slaughtered because of him; that’s a real comic-book thing. But the slaughter of the tribe, by gunfire, from the cavalry, it left a bitter taste in my mouth,” he said, continuing: “The Indians have really been victims of a genocide. So slaughtering them again in an entertaining movie, Buster Keaton style… That ruined the fun a bit for me. I simply found it…ugly.”

And while Tarantino throws around the comic book-esque aspersion for Lone Ranger’s iconic teammate, he connects the genre conversation with the major headline of Ben Affleck playing Batman in the “Man of Steel” sequel.

“I have to admit that I don’t really have an opinion,” he said. “Why? Because Batman is not a very interesting character. For any actor. There is simply not much to play. I think Michael Keaton did it the best, and I wish good luck to Ben Affleck. But, you know who would have made a great Batman? Alec Baldwin in the ’80s.”

The quick thinking Tarantino that has several concepts and cameos to his portfolio also mentions that “Kick-Ass 2” makes the good assessment on his summer’s best.

(Indie Wire)

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