“Inglourious Basterds” is a Rental

Yes, it’s a rental. The trailer is deceptive.

It’s not fast-paced. It’s 95% dialogue, although this time not everyone sounds like Quentin Tarantino. There’s not much action. There’s some unnecessary gruesomeness, but it’s brief (and this doesn’t give anything away): two scalpings, one at the beginning, one near the end; one head bashing near the beginning; and one knife carving, shall we say — and it’s close-up, cringe-worthy gross. The movie isn’t so much about the Nazi-scalping “Inglorious Basterds” (we don’t really get to know them). It’s about a plan to kill Hitler while he’s attending a movie première with lots of talkative scenes leading up to it. It’s not a bad movie, but Tarantino seems to have peaked with “Pulp Fiction.”

4 thoughts on ““Inglourious Basterds” is a Rental

  1. I liked it. Christopher Waltz as Hans Landa (The security guy) will probably win an Oscar for his role in this film. I found the dialogue fun to follow. Some very tense moments in the film.

  2. “Christopher Waltz as Hans Landa (The security guy) will probably win an Oscar for his role in this film.”

    Yup. He’s good.

    “I found the dialogue fun to follow. Some very tense moments in the film.”

    The dialogue is an improvement over most of the dialogue in QT’s last two movies. It’s not as pointless, and its tense because throughout most of the longer scenes, there’s a chance that any minute someone is going to get killed. It’s not a question of will the scene explode at some point, but when. That’s done well.

    The most memorable characters are Hans and the Jewish girl.

    But we don’t really get to know the Basterds — Brad Pitt is in the movie. He has his fair share of lines, but who else? The Basterds are just sort of there once in a while, not much presence.

    I wish QT has stuck with the Jewish girl’s story and not bothered with the rest of it.

  3. I agree the movie is less about the Basterds and more about the plot to kill Hitler… but I don’t want to take anything away from the film even though the title and trailer are miss leading. The tavern scene was fantastic! So was the opening scene with the dairy farmer. I wish we had seen a little bit more of the basterds. But it was guaranteed if they were in a scene, then something gruesome would happen.

  4. I doubt I’ll watch the movie again in a theatre, but I’ll get the DVD and watch it more than a few times and perhaps appreciate it more then. That’s how it worked with “Pulp Fiction.” When I first saw it in a theatre I was a little bored by it but came to love most of the movie after watching it again on video. (I still think most of the Bruce Willis hotel scenes could have been cut.)

    Jim Emerson is going Basterds-crazy over at his blog. Here’s his latest analysis of the movie (full of spoilers — he examines every scene in the movie):

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2009/09/inglourious_basterds_your_repu.html

    Some of his previous posts about the movie:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2009/08/contra-basterds.html

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2009/08/basterd_heredity.html

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2009/08/some_ways_to_watch_inglourious.html

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2009/08/qt_the_critics_and_the_fanboys.html

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