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A "B Movie" is more intelligent. GET JIRO: A Critical Review,
This review is from: Get Jiro! (Hardcover)
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I don't know what happened here.
This novel is a cross between those old 70's films, The Warriors and Lone Wolf/ Lightning Swords of Death. There's, clearly, a deliberate attempt to tap into the Quentin Tarantino fan base.
But, the difference between, let's say, "Kill Bill" and this disaster is that Tarantino knows how to take disparate elements, stereotypes and mold them into a truly interesting story.
This story is just plain dumb. D-U-M-B...dumb.
Would you ever see (or expect your audience to wink to) a character who'd slice off a customer's head--unprovoked--because he ate sushi the wrong way while his friends, who're sitting by his decapitated body, merely wipe away his blood before resuming their obsession with Jiro's delicacies?
The main story revolves around Jiro, a renegade chef who just moved to L.A. to start a new life but finds himself embroiled between restaurant mafias who vie for his services.
Not even the illustrations can save this dud and it's only because of the artwork that GET JIRO will get 2 stars. And, I'm being VERY generous.
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Initial post: Jun 8, 2012 6:50:14 PM PDT
Sheya Astle says:
Interesting idea but instead of "Pulp Fiction" a better comparrison might be to "Kill Bill" with similar levels of violence but- think of the Crazy 88 - where Tarentino makes the violence artisit and just on the edge of having a place rather than being over the top gratuitous, but we're splitting hairs over a good review.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 7:22:13 PM PDT
Andre Lawrence says:
That's what I what I was thinking. I was picturing Uma Thurman as I was writing it. I'm gonna make the change now!!
Posted on Jun 8, 2012 11:53:52 PM PDT
Many works of fiction require that you suspend belief in our cultural and physical norms. This is not simply L.A., as you put it, and that should be immediately clear. Although your memory of the sushi scene is skewed, to insist that characters in a futuristic fiction novel adhere to your behavioral expectations seems short-sighted at best.
As an artist yourself, I wish you had spent more time reviewing the things you understand, rather than reach for elements you did not grasp, and then fault the writers. I personally find the hand-holding writing style rather annoying and tiresome, but I understand that it suits others well. In any case, I felt that with your creative talent, you could have provided this community with something more constructive.
I'm saving my review for when I get the hardcover in hand. It doesn't seem right to rate the advance copy.
Posted on Jun 16, 2012 3:33:45 PM PDT
Kent Tonkin says:
Andre, I think you're missing the point. The book is both an action comic and an active satire on modern society. We, as Americans, have elevated functionless celebrities to levels of relevance that, at times, exceed teachers, artisans, and even world leaders. The way that the hapless patrons sit idly by while a sword-wielding sushi chef relieves their uncouth crony of his leaden skull is a metaphor for celebrity as status. In the world of "Get Jiro," a man can kill for a minor offense, while being backed by law enforcement. Did you also miss the "rings" of the city as a metaphor for the the "rings" of hell? Bottom line, a graphic novel is not merely dialog or graphics; it is both. Half of the story lies in the art. Don't rely on the word balloons to lead you entirely; you will miss the best part of the ride.
Give Jiro another slice before you write him off...
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 3:38:08 PM PDT
Andre Lawrence says:
Point taken. I'll give it a fresh look because I find your objections reasonable.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 3:05:03 PM PDT
Zack Davisson says:
The story is actually just a re-telling of Kurosawa Akira's samurai film "Yojimbo."
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