From Dusk Till Dawn

From Dusk Till Dawn ★★★

6/10
From Dusk Till Dawn is a film written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It’s about two two brothers, Seth and Richard Gecko who are running from the police after a bank robbery. They’re trying to get to Mexico, so when they meet an ex-preacher and his two kids who also happen to own an RV, they decide to take the family hostage and use them to get over to Mexico. The real trouble starts when they finally get where they’re trying to go, and things end up a lot messier than they were expecting. 

I didn’t live this movie, which is honestly disappointing because I’ve been wanting to see it for years. I heard for so long about how it’s this really great, but I just didn’t get that. My problem is that the first half is almost dull, but it does pick up in the second half. Seriously, if the entire movie was just the second half with maybe the first half condensed into twenty minutes, I would have probably enjoyed it a whole lot more than I did. 

Another thing I didn’t like was how Tarantino wrote his own character. He actually plays one of the two brothers, and for some reason he wrote his character as a sex pervert. Now if there were some sort of reason for this then fine, but I don’t get why he had to write the character to be any more than just some deranged, loose cannon. But Tarantino loves to write weird stuff, so I guess this falls in line with that. 

I don’t really wanna say too much more because I feel like the film works best without knowing what happens in the second half. All I’ll say is that Tom Savini does the makeup effects, and this is some of the best stuff I’ve seen from him. If you haven’t seen any movies where Savini is doing the makeup, you really have to check that out. But yeah, the entire second half of this movie is just crazy fun, and that’s the part that I genuinely loved. 

So overall, I was definitely disappointed in this one, but that’s what happens when you hype something up so much. Don’t get me wrong, I did still enjoy the film and I do think it’s good, but I just wish it were structured a bit differently. I will say that if you’re a Tarantino fan, this one is an essential and you should definitely watch it. Also if you enjoy Robert Rodriguez’s work, this falls in line with a lot of his other stuff too, so you’ll probably enjoy it.