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1st Basterds reviews!

May. 20, 2009by:

Last night Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and reviews almost immediately started popping up all over the web. As with a lot of Tarantino's work, word on the film was decidedly mixed with some coming down hard on it and others praising it to the high heavens. Throughout all the reviews though, two things were constant: there's a lot of talking and Christoph Waltz (the Nazi villain Hans Landa) is an early frontrunner for Best Supporting Actor. Check out what some of the early reviews are saying below:

Hollywood Elsewhere - It's not great. It's a Quentin chit-chat personality film in World War II dress-up. It's arch and very confidently rendered from QT's end, but it's basically talk, talk, talk. Tension appears in a couple of scenes (especially the first -- an interrogation of a French farmer by a German officer looking for hidden Jews) but overall story tension is fairly low. No characters are subjected to tests of characters by having to make hard choices and stand up for what they believe, and nobody pours their heart out. What they do is yap their asses off...That said, the two best performances are given by Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa -- a great malicious Nazi -- and Melanie Laurent as Shoshanna Dreyfus, a French farm girl who escapes Landa's grasp and winds up running a Parisian cinema.

Empire Online - Its an action movie that has barely any action. The Basterds themselves, including Brad Pitts Lt. Aldo Raine, are off-screen for long periods of time. And it takes wild liberties with history. Landa was the role that Tarantino struggled to fill, so much so that he might have had to pass on making the movie had he not filled it. But in Waltz, hes found gold...The Austrian actor is fantastic: oleaginous, chilling and often devilishly charming. Its certainly very talky, and theres no doubt that Tarantino is in love with the sound of his characters voices, but QT dialogue is so much better than most other screenwriters that its hard to quibble.

Showbiz 411 - Tarantino fans wont be disappointed, but they may be challenged more than in the past as this film is more thoughtful and textured in its approach than Tarantinos other famous efforts. The film is told in chapters and feels sometimes disjointed. Theres less brutal action than expected (although plenty for some). The longest and most riveting sequence takes place in a German bar and involves Diane Kruger as a German film star whos trying to help the allies. Michael Fassbender is top notch driving this piece which will definitely push his career ahead several paces.

Time Out London - Inglourious Basterds is, a lot of the time, a little more restrained, a little quieter than weve come to expect from films like Death Proof and Kill Bill. Whats not so clear is what he wants to do with all this, as the film flits between comedy and violence, revenge and tragedy, sometimes easily, sometimes less comfortably...And then it all falls apart in the last fifteen minutes, making his plundering of the Second World War for this bloody, goofy and morally suspect extreme revenge movie very hard to swallow.

Total Film - While the opening, gripping chapter set in a French peasant house in 1941 is excellent and a final cinema (where else?) foyer scene is epic in its grandeur with sweeping cameras and impeccable set design, much of Basterds felt flat, with a schizophrenic spaghetti western style that blasts Ennio Morricone at the start and then David Bowie later on.

First Showing - So why isn't this a masterpiece if its got top-notch performances and a great story? Maybe it's that I wanted more action, or to spend more time with the Basterds, or get a more detailed look at the whole story, that prevented this from reaching those heights. Even though it ran 148 minutes, it still felt like Tarantino had edited it down heavily and cut out plenty of scenes. I never read the script, so I can't make that comparison, but I will say my expectations were definitely not in line with what Tarantino delivered in the end. That's not bad, but I just had to rearrange my expectations part way through. And while I don't think this gem is polished to perfection, it is definitely a new Tarantino favorite that I can't wait to watch again.

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9:29AM on 05/20/2009

ugh...

thanks for the review... I'm going to go shoot myself now.
thanks for the review... I'm going to go shoot myself now.
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9:35AM on 05/20/2009

like I said...

...2 stars or 3 if you think QT can do no wrong (which most of his fans seem to think). I see a pretty good opening weekend and then a 75% drop the following week. This one's for die hard fans only.
...2 stars or 3 if you think QT can do no wrong (which most of his fans seem to think). I see a pretty good opening weekend and then a 75% drop the following week. This one's for die hard fans only.
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10:00AM on 05/20/2009

I shall wait to see it myself

Still excitied for this movie lots of people hated death proof but i love it really captured the whole grindhouse cinema style. this news doesnt damping my expectations one bit but hey what do i know one of my fave movies is breakdance
Still excitied for this movie lots of people hated death proof but i love it really captured the whole grindhouse cinema style. this news doesnt damping my expectations one bit but hey what do i know one of my fave movies is breakdance
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10:08AM on 05/20/2009

UGH

QT movies are beginning to have TOO MUCH talk, not enough action, making for a not-very-entertaining movie. if i wanted talk, talk, talk, id attend a seminar. if i want to be entertained, i want to see some story development & action. that was the problem with QT's atrocity "Death Proof" boring talk about pointless crap for 45 minutes with 5 minutes of action, only to be followed with another 45 minutes of talk about pointless crap and a subpar chase scene. bring some substance, not just people
QT movies are beginning to have TOO MUCH talk, not enough action, making for a not-very-entertaining movie. if i wanted talk, talk, talk, id attend a seminar. if i want to be entertained, i want to see some story development & action. that was the problem with QT's atrocity "Death Proof" boring talk about pointless crap for 45 minutes with 5 minutes of action, only to be followed with another 45 minutes of talk about pointless crap and a subpar chase scene. bring some substance, not just people having conversations.
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10:12AM on 05/20/2009

Hollywood Elsewhere should be elsewhere

"No characters are subjected to tests of characters by having to make hard choices and stand up for what they believe, and nobody pours their heart out"

for fucks sake is this a tarantino movie or an HBO drama!?

i dont seem to remember qt being a fan of charecters pouring their hearts out, why the fuck would he choose a war movie to start
"No characters are subjected to tests of characters by having to make hard choices and stand up for what they believe, and nobody pours their heart out"

for fucks sake is this a tarantino movie or an HBO drama!?

i dont seem to remember qt being a fan of charecters pouring their hearts out, why the fuck would he choose a war movie to start
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11:51AM on 05/20/2009

Not suprised

I'm not surprised this film is getting generally negative reviews so far. Quentin Tarantino had a spark of pure genius that was Pulp Fiction, and since then I think he is a director whose best suited for "indy" films.

I'm not saying he is bad, I just feel he has an M night shyamalan complex going on right now, where he made 2 or 3 great films that are still carrying his career and continuing to create hype. But I just think the general public will continue to be disappointed with his new
I'm not surprised this film is getting generally negative reviews so far. Quentin Tarantino had a spark of pure genius that was Pulp Fiction, and since then I think he is a director whose best suited for "indy" films.

I'm not saying he is bad, I just feel he has an M night shyamalan complex going on right now, where he made 2 or 3 great films that are still carrying his career and continuing to create hype. But I just think the general public will continue to be disappointed with his new films.
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12:40PM on 05/20/2009
I'm still excited to see it. given the nature of the movie, it was likely to divide people anyway.
I'm still excited to see it. given the nature of the movie, it was likely to divide people anyway.
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1:45PM on 05/20/2009

Don't lose interest so fast..

There are MANY more reviews out there than just these, and they've been almost evenly split with more people actually loving it than hating it. Keep in mind though, Quentin's movies have ALWAYS been more dialogue driven than action driven (except Kill Bill v.1). I read the script, and it was incredible. The negative reviews i've read MOSTLY cite too much dialogue, and that they wanted more action. The truth of the matter is though that its dialogue to action ratio is very similar to Pulp
There are MANY more reviews out there than just these, and they've been almost evenly split with more people actually loving it than hating it. Keep in mind though, Quentin's movies have ALWAYS been more dialogue driven than action driven (except Kill Bill v.1). I read the script, and it was incredible. The negative reviews i've read MOSTLY cite too much dialogue, and that they wanted more action. The truth of the matter is though that its dialogue to action ratio is very similar to Pulp Fiction's. Great dialogue (and lots of it) with many bursts of action. There are also scenes much more intense than anything he's done yet.
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2:09PM on 05/20/2009

I AM SAkkk

i dont want another pulp fiction, i want something new from him. the discussion stuff is interesting to a point. but when it goes too far, it makes for a boring film. ill watch this (if i sat through Death Proof, ill sit through this) but QT needs to realize that talking about interesting matters doesnt make a good movie all the time. in my honest opinion QT needs to stop writing and directing, and start strictly directing. the same for M. Night Shaymalan. Both of these directors have talent,
i dont want another pulp fiction, i want something new from him. the discussion stuff is interesting to a point. but when it goes too far, it makes for a boring film. ill watch this (if i sat through Death Proof, ill sit through this) but QT needs to realize that talking about interesting matters doesnt make a good movie all the time. in my honest opinion QT needs to stop writing and directing, and start strictly directing. the same for M. Night Shaymalan. Both of these directors have talent, but their material ran stale several years ago
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2:39PM on 05/20/2009
umm last time i checked it is getting great reviews FS gave it a 8.5 out of 10
umm last time i checked it is getting great reviews FS gave it a 8.5 out of 10
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2:48PM on 05/20/2009

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3:01PM on 05/20/2009
umm last time i checked it is getting great reviews FS gave it a 8.5 out of 10
umm last time i checked it is getting great reviews FS gave it a 8.5 out of 10
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4:19PM on 05/20/2009

I prefer the Walter Hill-approach...

(less words, more action) more than the Quentin Tarantino-touch (less action, more dialogue). But thats just me.
(less words, more action) more than the Quentin Tarantino-touch (less action, more dialogue). But thats just me.
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5:21PM on 05/20/2009
I've honestly enjoyed everything QT has done. I know he's not everyones fave, but what matters is....he's one of mine. Cant wait for this movie.
I've honestly enjoyed everything QT has done. I know he's not everyones fave, but what matters is....he's one of mine. Cant wait for this movie.
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3:23AM on 05/21/2009
isnt lots of dialogue what fans of QT love? this isn't a surprise to me at all im more pumped then ever now!!! RD didn't have a ton of action and its awesome! same goes for PF and JB.
yea im pumped
isnt lots of dialogue what fans of QT love? this isn't a surprise to me at all im more pumped then ever now!!! RD didn't have a ton of action and its awesome! same goes for PF and JB.
yea im pumped
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2:11AM on 05/22/2009

die hards only!

If you like QT you'll like this, but you gotta be a fan.
If you like QT you'll like this, but you gotta be a fan.
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