Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds was shown to the International press at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Overall the film has gotten mixed reviews; some absolutely loved the film, and others absolutely hate it. Brad Pitt seems to be the main cause of concern and praise. Personally, I’ve always thought that Pitt is better comedic actor than a serious actor.
Let’s see what our fellow critics have to say about it…
“Not only did I love every minute, if the French projectionist wanted to cue it up and roll it again from the start, I would have sat through the whole film again… this is Quentin’s best film since Jackie Brown. It might even be his best film since Pulp Fiction.” -Total Film
“[Basterds] is awful. It is achtung-achtung-ach-mein-Gott atrocious. It isn’t funny; it isn’t exciting; it isn’t a realistic war movie–it isn’t emotionally involving or deliciously ironic or a brilliant tissue of trash-pop references. Nothing like that. Brad Pitt gives the worst performance of his life, with a permanent smirk as if he’s had the left side of his jaw injected with cement, and which he must uncomfortably maintain for long scenes on camera without dialogue.”-The Guardian
“Rather brilliant. Every bit as idiosyncratic as the spelling of its title, it’s a wonderfully-acted movie that subverts expectation at every turn–the performances are superb across-the-board. [Christoph Waltz] may be a shoo-in for a Best Supporting Oscar nomination.”-Empire
Lover and Hater:
“If [Christopher Waltz] performance doesn’t get an Oscar nomination, expect riots… Unfortunately, it’s all downhill after the promising opening scene… character development is nowhere to be found–it’s hard to care much about what happens to anybody on screen. Still, to its credit, the film has some marvelous moments.”-Movieline
Mostly a Lover:
“It’s not Tarantino’s ultimate masterpiece, but it’s a fantastic film and delivers on the promise of a literate (if not historically accurate) and exciting (if not briskly paced) WWII action drama . . . I feel the film as a whole is a great ride. Early reports indicate it may not be the final theatrical version, and while I could see 10 minutes trimmed here and there, I feel it still delivers as is.”-Ain’t It Cool News
On the movie score:
” …the use of David Bowie’s ”Putting Out the Fire” at a crucial point is particularly inspired — and flattens out only when Tarantino gets too carried away with over-elaborated dialogue scenes, a problem that could easily be addressed with some slight trimming between now and the skedded August opening.”-Variety
On Tarantino’s techniques:
” …no matter how much extreme contextualization and heavily stylized techniques Tarantino introduced to the production, “Inglorious Basterds” feels like a bubblegum sidedish to the heavy dinner plate of his career. While not intentionally a rudimentary project, it automatically becomes one by the limits of its design.”-IndieWire
The film ended with a ecstatic applause after Brad Pitt’s final line “I think this might be my masterpiece.”
Whose critique will you trust? Will you still go see the film when it hits theaters August 20?