I decided last weekend to finally see Grindhouse. Unfortunately, I couldn’t. It was already gone from both multiplexes in Rochester. And it sounds like my experience wasn’t unique.
The movie has bombed, and it may be that the movie wasn’t able to reach the right audience. Actual grindhouse theaters and even the Grindhouse Film Festival were unable to get the movie “Grindhouse” screened to their eager audiences! Meanwhile, the people catching it at their googleplexes didn’t get it; many such theaters had ushers or managers bring up the house lights before the movie to tell the audience that the film was supposed to look shoddy!
Would finding the right audience have saved it? Uncertain. a review by an actual Grindhouse patron and enthusiast, though another grindhouse fan felt that Tarantino’s portion is something that grindhouse films never were: talky and boring.
Guess I’m waiting for the DVD. Perhaps many people are in the same boat. Or maybe they just want to have a pause button. Sorry, but when a movie is over three hours, you shouldn’t put in an intermission as a joke…you should have a real intermission!