Inglourious Basterds… Kind of.
Bitchin’ Film Reviews is back! I went on a very nice vacation, and fully planned on keeping up the blogging while I was gone, but it was pretty difficult to drag myself away from the beach. I barely managed to see Inglourious Basterds. I would have like to review Tarantino’s latest film, but, like times in the past, I’m choosing to quote other critics here since they’ve said it all and better than I can. I did enjoy IG. At first I was underwhelmed, but as my buddy pointed out, Tarantino likes to make you think you’re getting one thing, and then give you another. And it takes at least two viewings to get to his point. The dialogue was witty (except the self-righteous moments, ‘In France, we respect directors…’ yawn), the acting was great (I’m looking at you Michael Fassbender and Christoph Waltz). The biggest misstep was casting BJ Novak. That guy is worthless in this film. I can’t put my finger on it, but even though I enjoyed it, this felt like lesser Tarantino. But more thoroughly, here’s what others had to say:
Anh Khoi Do and Movies (full review):
“…despite the use of a dark humour, Tarantino obviously had in mind that the Holocaust happened. Given that the art of cinema is not short on films about the Nazis’ unspeakable cruelty towards Jews, this film takes fun at showing Jews who take revenge for their fallen coreligionists. After all, wasn’t Tarantino aiming for an entertaining film about remorseless (and rationalized) cruelty? All in all, if you’re expecting a film about the Second World War as you know it, then skip this film.”
The Dark of the Matinee (full review):
“INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is one well crafted movie. It takes its somewhat long running time, and completely fills it with nothing but tense scenes loaded with snappy dialogue. Most of the scenes are seperated by a title card (a la KILL BILL), however they proceed to build upon one other. By the time its all over, the audience has a complete nuanced story, as opposed to a series of loosely related vingnettes.”
The Flick Chick (full review):
“By and large, the film really worked for me, although there are two things that didn’t. First is the film’s use of David Bowie’s song “Cat People,” which I found jarring and really took me out of the movie, although this anachronism perhaps eases the way for the grand inaccuracy of the film’s finale. The second thing has to do with the film within the film. Much of Basterds is subtitled because the German characters speak German and the French characters speak French rather than falling back on the old movie standard of having characters speak accented English.”