From what I could remember, this movie was going to be a fun splatter-fest that I'd enjoy having splash across my screen. Sure, the first half didn't really elude to that, but I remembered it being a good lead up. What surprised me this time around is that I enjoyed the first half way more than the second.
While still a bit over-the-top, the first half is an intense crime thriller that's got grit and darkness to it. George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino do a great job of making you care about these volatile and twisted brothers (Quentin being the most twisted). Seeing their dynamic, and they dynamic with Harvey Keitel's family, made me curious to see how their story would play out.
Now I knew it wouldn't play out in the long run, because I already knew what was waiting for them in Mexico. And while the vampire section was still fun to rewatch, I found its shine had worn off a bit. Maybe it was me being older, maybe it was the wrinkles on some of the effects, or maybe I've seen so much action at this point that I'm not as impressed anymore.
Regardless, I still had a fun time watching it, even if my perspective has changed. If you're in the mood for a fun gore-fest, give it a watch. This one is a Good.