The start of the movie is probably the most boring part of the film, so I can see why some people just run away. I can also see why Tim said it was the least Tarantino film Tarantino has made since only one character ever dies on screen. There is almost no on-screen violence in the whole film, and only one bit of blood if I recall. One time Sam L. is shown putting on his gloves for far too long, but otherwise the long shots hold a purpose. This movie could have been shorter and told the same story, but it would have had much less character to the world, which is the point of most Tarantino jabber. It would be nice if they had shown the guns Sam L. was supposed to be running at some point, that is probably the biggest omission I can think recall. Better than Death Proof, which wasn't all bad.
Howard Hughes edition, btw. This movie is pretty awesome, it really doesn't feel that different from later mob crime movies. There are several scenes, like the car chase, that are very impressive for their age. Also there are some creative uses of lighting. Maybe I am giving it a lot of leway because of its age, I don't know, but it was pretty impressive to me.
This movie was filmed nicely, lots of cool transitions and I like the color in some of the night shots. Splicing in snips from the other locations into scenes was pretty cool. There is too much reliance on narration throughout to make sense of the core story. I mean, he talks for almost 5 minutes before there is any real dialogue. Craig is alright, if a bit flat, but the film keeps adding in other characters until it falls apart about 2/3 of the way through. The end section of the movie is not really a revelation, just a letdown.
I like the idea of this movie, F.F. Coppola shot the whole thing well, etc. Gene Hackman acts well but the character he is playing is too much of an awkward loser for me to really enjoy the movie. There are twists and character development, but everything happens in a way that nothing is really shocking, perhaps trying to make you feel like the main character does at the end of the film, but that is pretty depressed and detached. The movie is not depressing in a sad way, but just gives you a feeling that life sorta sucks, much like 1984 or something. A good movie but hard to say "I enjoyed that" afterwards. Also, Harrison Ford shows up and says he is really young.