Friday, May 20, 2011

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Many Quentin Tarantino fans say the young director lost his freshness with his youth. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction made its mark and now the man is living off his name alone. I do not totally agree with this and I still am a fan of Tarantino's work. I liked Kill Bill and Death Proof but Inglourious Basterds is entirely to long and boring as well. If this thing was cut down to a 90 minute film it would probably be much more tolerable but instead we get long drawn out talky scenes and the truth is that the dialogue just isn't as interesting as it was in Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Basterds does offer up a great opening scene with some brilliant dialogue but Tarantino must have blown his load on that one seen. We also get some violence which really helps the film crawl along at a slightly faster pace. We have a character known as The Bear Jew who likes to bash the brains in on Nazi soldiers, lots of gun-fu, Hitler gets his face blown off, Swastikas are carved into the foreheads of Nazi scum, brutal stabbings and some silly guns that are taped to the hands of the Basterds. The climax is slightly entertaining. It all comes to a end with a theater full of Nazi's burning to the ground. Aside from the more graphic moments Inglourious Basterds has nothing going for it and the original 1978 version is a much more entertaining watch. The worst part of it all is that the last sentence in the movie is "I think this might be my masterpiece" Hmmm anyone else think that Quentin Tarantino might be a little bit confused and conceited?

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