Iâ€™m not going to lie to you â€“ Iâ€™m not as excited about Quentin Tarantinoâ€™s â€œInglorious Basterdsâ€ as much as I think I probably should be. In fact, Iâ€™m as mixed up as, well, the damn title when it comes to this one.
Look, I enjoyed the script, and I love the Tarantino/Brad Pitt combo, but still, I canâ€™t seem to get damp over the damn thing. Is it that the pics released over the film didnâ€™t blow me away? Is it that the trailer was all too brief to leave any kind of impression? Is it the lack of a big-name support cast? (something weâ€™ve grown accustomed to with Tarantinoâ€™s pics) Or maybe itâ€™s that Tarantino seems to dip just that little bit, er, lower – for lack of a better word – with each film?
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a little over an hour ago and the word is its good â€“ if a little flabby and talky (that doesn’t surprise me – c’mon, It’s QT!). At the same time, a couple are saying itâ€™s the directorâ€™s best film since â€œPulp Fictionâ€ (and god, Iâ€™ll never forget how excited I was exiting the theater after seeing that!). So, look, doesnâ€™t sound like my skepticism and unfound enthusiasm were for nothing – but at least it sounds entertaining.
Very mixed reports comingâ€¦
Hereâ€™s what some lucky enough to be there have said on Twitter this evening about the film :
firstshowing : The action is kind of minimal, but that’s Tarantino for you, lots of talking, but great story, I loved it! Inglourious Basterds was frickin’ awesome! This is the WW2 movie we’ve all been waiting to see!!
Hyams: INGLORIOUS BASTERDS: a light comedy about killing Nazis. My low expectations were met.
empiremagazine: Glorious Basterds, as it turns outâ€¦ very, very good, subverting expectations at every corner. Should make Michael Fassbender a star – C Itâ€™s utterly unpredictable. When it looks like going one way, it twists the other, & the endingâ€¦ so audacious it provokes giddy laughter. Christoph Waltz, as Jew Hunter Hans Landa, is a revelation. Shoo-in for Best Supporting Nom. Looks like evil Rob Brydon too. All performances are uniformly grand. Pittâ€™s hilarious. And the film has two or three scenes that rival anything in QTâ€™s career for tension.
BBCEntsTeam: Surely Tarantinoâ€™s best film since Pulp Fiction. Goody!! Brad Pitt is superbâ€¦ Itâ€™s flabby in partsâ€¦ And (spoiler?) Tarantino has produced an alternative ending to WWII
owfilm: Just came out of Cannes screeningâ€¦ Inglorious Basterds – Absolute F**CKING quality! â€œIt gets a bit silly for ten minutes at the end and the brit characters are a bit shitâ€.
TV Calling :: Bottom line of Basterds: entertaining but nothing ground-breaking
Expect reviews to start popping up over the next few hours.
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
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Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.