It's Quentin Tarantino's First Break From Tradition Since 1997

It's Quentin Tarantino's First Break From Tradition Since 1997

Updated on April 12, 2023 11:03 AM by Andrew Koschiev

Director of an international acclaim, Quentin Tarantino, will enter the final year of his career with his tenth and final film, The Movie Critic. This fall will be the shooting season for the film. There are few details about The Movie Critic, other than its title and L.A. setting in the 1970s, though Tarantino denied the film was based on Pauline Kael.

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In The Playlist, Tarantino continues to tease details about The Movie Critic as the international leg of his Cinema Speculation tour begins. Since Jackie Brown in 1997, there has been no comparable film; Tarantino broke a long-standing tradition with his tenth and supposed final film by not focusing on a revenge story based on a real but unknown male critic. He comments: "I cannot reveal the character's identity, as he is unknown to me." It will also not be a revenge story, as that could be interpreted negatively."

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A Revenge Story Isn't The Movie Critic

As a writer/director, Tarantino has made all his subsequent films revenge stories since Jackie Brown, his third. It is Tarantino's only film adapted from another work (Elmore Leonard's novel Rum Punch) and was less of a revenge story and more of a homage to 1970s blaxploitation films. In the follow-up film to Kill Bill, he plays a stunt performer who murders young women, while in Death Proof, he plays a motley crew of women seeking revenge on an evil stuntman. 
An enslaved Black person and his enslaver were the focus of Tarantino's next two historical revenge stories, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It also contains elements of revenge and retribution, as does The Hateful Eight. He has directed an unconventional revenge story in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, rewriting history as a fantasy as Tarantino essentially enacts revenge against Sharon Tate's killers, the Manson family.

The Director's Last Movie

Considering that The Movie Critic will probably serve as Tarantino's final film, it makes sense for him to switch from his recent filmography, which has focused on revenge in favor of a sentimental one. Rather than making an epic action-packed revenge tale, the director hopes to make his final film smaller and more intimate. William Margold or someone else could be the basis for The Movie Critic, regardless of who the real but unknown male critic is.

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