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Inglourious Basterds Reviews from Cannes!

Published May 20, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of TWC
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Just in case you've been hiding out in a cave in Bora Bora, Inglourious Basterds recently premiered over at the Cannes Film Festival and the reviews have already begun to surface. While I'd love to tell you that Tarantino is getting straight praise across the board, that is sadly not the case.

Inglourious Basterds Reviewed


The reviews out of Cannes are extremely mixed for Inglourious Basterds. Some loved the film, some didn't like it all. Take a look at some snippets below to see what I mean.

Variety
Could anything live up to the hype? Inglourious Basterds is great fun to watch, but the movie isn't entirely engaging. And it is defiantly an art film, not a calculatedly mainstream entertainment. (Likely to score far better in Europe than anywhere else, the movie may not singlehandedly generate enough boxoffice to save The Weinstein Co.) Tarantino throws you out of the movie with titles, chapter headings, snatches of music. You don't jump into the world of the film in a participatory way; you watch it from a distance, appreciating the references and the masterful mise-en-scene. This is a film that will benefit from a second viewing. I can't wait to see it again.

IFC (Negative)
The film's two hours and 40 minutes long, and could be shorn of an hour just by picking up the tempo. One of the reasons "Inglourious Basterds" is so dialogue-laden is that at least half the scenes are there just to introduce and show off a character.

By the time that's all out of the way, the film pretty much just skips to the end, a succinct orgy of violence and destruction that's not sufficient payoff for everything that came before, even if Hitler gets, with minor historical inaccuracy, shot in the face dozens of times.



BBC News
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.

It still can't touch Pulp Fiction, which won the Palme D'Or in 1994, but the reaction here at Cannes is that Quentin Tarantino has made a glorious, silly, blood-spattered return.

TotalFilm
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, with the biggest grin on my face.

This is Quentin’s best film since Jackie Brown. It might even be his best film since Pulp Fiction.

From the opening image of a French farmer chopping wood from a distance, you’re thrown face first into a war movie that looks and feels like a spaghetti western.

From there we’re led into a ten-minute sequence that’s the equal to anything Tarantino has shot, scripted and scored.


Check out the entire reviews on Inglourious Basterds by clicking the bold links above.

Inglourious Basterds will be released to theaters on August 21st.

For the teaser poster, trailer, photos and more movie info, go to the Inglourious Basterds Movie Page.

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