Tarantino is back.
Here's the international trailer for his new slave western Django Unchained:
It looks like another inventive and funny genre romp. Tarantino has a mastery and knowledge of cinema beyond most modern directors. His films are often flawed, but always fun.
But, since his dazzling debut with Reservoir Dogs, his films have slowly, but inexorably, drifted away from the real world.
His movies were always about movies, but they were populated with convincing characters and recognisable little human moments.
But since Jackie Brown, his movies are more about movies than they are about people.
The Kill Bills, Death Proof and Inglorious Basterds were all fantastic fun - like breakneck genre trips with an insanely brainy maniac as a tour guide.
But, there was very little genuine, real-life emotion in them. Tarantino has floated off into movieland.
It wasn't always like this. Remember the moment in Reservoir Dogs when Tim Roth is getting into character before he gets in the car with the crew. He is genuinely nervous he may get found out.
In Pulp Fiction, there are countless human moments - the bickering between Eric Stoltz and Rosanna Arquette as they search for the adrenalin, Travolta convincing himself to go home and "jerk off", the dialogue between Butch and Fabienne in the hotel room.
Jackie Brown takes it to another level. It's a touching film about getting old and second chances. The chemistry between Robert Forster and Pam Grier is lovely.
There's a surprising human moment when Samuel L Jackson asks Robert de Niro: "What happened to you, man? Your ass used to be so beautiful''. Sure, the next thing he does is blow him away, but it's a touching little moment.
I can't think of anything similar in his later films. There was masterful tension, surprising humour and chopsocky action, but no real emotions.
Django Unchained looks like more of the same, although it is hard to tell from the trailer alone.
Don't get me wrong, more of the same is no bad thing. Inglorious Basterds was a real trip.
But, one day it would be nice to see Tarantino return to an orbit that is every so slightly closer to earth. We don't want to just see the movie world refracted through the brilliant prism of his mind, we want to see glimpses of the real world too.
He is clearly dazzlingly talented, I just want more from him.
But, what do you think? Do you prefer Tarantino's earlier films, or do you like his recent flights of fantasy? Do you care that he seems to have left reality behind for good?
Which Tarantino is the best? It's got to be Pulp Fiction, right?
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