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.