Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” doesn’t open until August 21st, but reviews for the film are already pouring in thanks to its recent Cannes showing. As of this writing, the film currently has as 58% positive rating over at Rotten Tomatoes based on 12 reviews from critics. That’s surprisingly low for a Tarantino movie; critics usually lap up his stuff regardless of what he throws out there. Some choice reviews from the big cheeses below.
Variety didn’t care very much for the first half, but warmed to the second, and goes out of its way to praise actor Christoph Waltz, who plays the movie’s baddie:
By turns surprising, nutty, windy, audacious and a bit caught up in its own cleverness, the picture is a completely distinctive piece of American pop art with a strong Euro flavor that’s new for the director…
In a true ensemble picture, Waltz stands head and shoulders above the rest with a lusty performance in the juiciest role.
The Hollywood Reporter didn’t care for it all that much, though:
The film is by no means terrible — its two hours and 32 minutes running time races by — but those things we think of as being Tarantino-esque, the long stretches of wickedly funny dialogue, the humor in the violence and outsized characters strutting across the screen, are largely missing.
Time kinda-maybe liked it — or not:
The chatter is pure Tarantino. For all his notoriety as a director of complexly choreographed action, gore, car and dance sequences, what he really likes it to let people — meaning himself, as the screenwriter — talk. Inglourious Basterds is, after all, a war movie without a single scene on the front lines.
And here is the BBC‘s take:
This is not an American movie. Rather, it’s Tarantino’s homage to the European cinema he adores.
Inglourious Basterds clocks in at nearly three hours, and its director could certainly have trimmed more of its flab.
This, and Pitt’s character not getting the screen time he deserves, are the main disappointments.
So there you have it. The early word from Cannes.
“Inglourious Basterds” opens August 21 for the masses.
Below: “So wait, did they like it or not? I’m confused.”