And an Elmore Leonard story to boot. I have to say, though, that after watching Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds in particular, I would be curious to see him work with another scriptwriter, maybe just work from another person's script.
I feel like he pretty much has free reign to be the monster which is Quentin Tarantino and he's a kid in a candy shop. He wants to work with all the actors he admires from all the films he's seen, he wants to borrow shots, music, plot devices, throw in numerous homages. Often that is at the expense of telling a story, so you can enjoy his style, you can watch and you will get the little jokes and think "that was cool", but is he telling an interesting story? A gripping plot and engaging characters are things I look for in film, but Tarantino undermines both by focussing so much on all the cool shit he's obsessed with.
I will keep watching his films and I will keep enjoying them for what they are, but he's limiting himself to just being a nerdy director for nerdy fans. To me it seems unlikely he will ever turn in a film which captivates audiences the way, for example, Shawshank Redemption does. He's technically a great director, but he just lacks the willingness to let plot and character genuinely drive his films. I think without plot and character it's quite difficult to get emotionally involved with a film.
Oh, come on. What is there to "get" which is so special? I understand his films, I like them, but his earlier works hinted at a director who could develop into something spectacular. After Pulp Fiction, I had hopes he would produce films like Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola at their best. Unfortunately, the films he has made lack the sophistication or the creative impact to really belong in that category.
His more recent films are less glued to reality because he's experimenting with genres and basically having fun with the stuff he likes in a more overt fashion. Again, I respect that, I get it, but it simply does not make for more entertaining or higher quality films. It's almost like he has too much creative freedom, because I'd love for him to make another film which will blow me away the same way Pulp Fiction did when I first saw it.