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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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A mediocre effort from Tarantino. Nothing but a pastiche of films and silly sitcom dialog.

  • Aug 21, 2009
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I saw Inglourious Basterds at a midnight screening and I was unimpressed with the movie. Seems like Tarantino has run out of ideas and sharp dialog. He promised a war movie in the style of an Italian western.  All I saw was a pastiche of Italian westerns, bad humor and long drawn out dialog that lacked any of his previous films unique wit.  Being a fan of pop culture Tarantino peppers the script with a lot of it from the 30's and 40's (yes it seems really forced).  If you have seen a lot of Italian westerns, then you'll know what you're in for.  Long panning camera shots, close ups of eyes and even longer wide shots.  The actions scenes are few and scattered throughout the film.  What I really didn't like about the film itself was that it's too helter skelter.  One minute it's serious and the second it's silly with a lot of inane dialog and boring chatter that took over ten years to write (according to QT)..

The characters were not that interesting.  Shoshana (played by Melanie Laurent) is the main character and the film centers around her involvement in the underground.  She come off cold and not all that interesting.  Colonel Landa (Christoph Waltz) is the "Jew Hunter" but he comes off like a Teutonic Columbo (I kid you not) and really mugs and overacts for the camera.  The Basterds (led by Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine) are marketed as being the central characters of the film.  But their appearances are too few and far between.  Pitt's character's accent and personality comes off cartoonish and it really doesn't work.  Eli Roth is not a very good actor and his character "The Bear Jew"is very wooden.  He's a good filmmaker who should stay behind the camera.  Mike Myers guest role as a British officer is pretty bad and the audience was laughing along every time he spoke.

I wish the movie was made as a farce but I don't think that was Tarantino's intentions.  He tried to make a "spaghetti western war movie".  But it comes off like a real pedestrian effort that's caters to an audience that's not his.  This film felt like his first ever mainstream movie.  I was really stunned by how bad this movie is.  The lighting is real annoying.  I know Robert Richardson loves the whole "halo light" thing but it can be very distracting.  The QT fan boys will fall all over themselves for this one because when he says jump they always say "how high?"  I don't know how well this movie will do at he box office but what I do know is that he needs a hit big time to re coop the money lost for Grindhouse (which I really enjoyed).  Tarantino used to fire on all cylinders, even in his so-so movies (Kill Bill Vol.2) but this one has my scratching my head going "what the hell did I just watch?"

Several of Tarantino's trademarks appear in this film such as "The Mexican Stand-Off", pop culture references (albeit 30's and 40's),  a bare foot scene (QT has a well known foot fetish) and the n-bomb is dropped a few times in the film (don't ask how they managed to work that into the movie).

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August 21, 2009
I heard mixed reviews on this one. Lou Lemerick of the NY Post almost gave it a perfect score, whereas I am not sure if the New York Times liked it or not. Your review sounds like it might be more spot-on and I will take your word. There are several movies I still want to see so I will probably wait for the lines to die down before I go to see this one. Thanks for your always insightful reviews.
August 21, 2009
I would wait to see it. If you're going into the movie theater expecting an action war movie like The Dirty Dozen then you'll be disappointed. But if you like dramas highly influenced by Italian Westerns, badly written sitcom dialog with a sprinkling of graphic violence then you'll enjoy the movie.
August 21, 2009
Even though I'm still kinda stoked about seeing this one, I enjoyed your review. Even the lesser Tarantino films still have their appeal to me for some reason.
August 21, 2009
I was really stoked too and hoped for a lot better dialog and plot from a script that took over ten years to write. I was disappointed.
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Inglorious Bastards is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  It was released on August 21st 2009.  It stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and Christopher Waltz.


Although Quentin Tarantino has cherished Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 "macaroni" war flickThe Inglorious Bastardsfor most of his film-geek life, his ownInglourious Basterdsis no remake. Instead, as hinted by the Tarantino-esque misspelling, this is a lunatic fantasia of WWII, a brazen re-imagining of both history and the behind-enemy-lines war film subgenre. There's a Dirty Not-Quite-Dozen of mostly Jewish commandos, led by a Tennessee good ol' boy named Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who reckons each warrior owes him one hundred Nazi scalps--and he means that literally. Even as Raine's band strikes terror into the Nazi occupiers of France, a diabolically smart and self-assured German officer named Landa (Christoph Waltz) is busy validating his own legend as "The Jew Hunter." Along the way, he wipes out the rural family of a grave young girl (Melanie Laurent) who will reappear years later in Paris, dreaming of vengeance on an epic scale.

Now, this isn't one more big-screen comic book. As the masterly opening sequence reaffirms, Tarantino is a true filmmaker, with a deep respect for the integrity of screen space and the tension that can accumulate in contemplating two men seated at a table having a polite conversation. IB reunites QT with...

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 21st 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
Runtime: 149 mins.
Studio: The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios
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