Film review: Inglorious Basterds

posted at 9:12 pm on August 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Quentin Tarantino says that his latest film, Inglorious Basterds, is a spaghetti western set almost accidentally in World War II.  After seeing it, that description sounds like an excuse for the somewhat entertaining but mostly senseless film, which runs towards vengeance porn rather than a spaghetti western.  However, given the subject matter, that might be enough.

First off, no one ever went wrong killing Nazis by the bucketload, in real life or on film, and Tarantino knows how to show every ghastly detail when he does.  Only one of them has any sympathetic vibe at all; the rest of the German characters come straight out of central casting.  Their deaths have a gruesome voyeuristic quality to them, but then again, they’re Nazis — the last villains that still play well as cardboard cutouts in cinema.  The audience will cheer with every drop of blood that gets spilled, and who can blame them?  One cannot deny the entertainment value of seeing them get their comeuppance, even while Tarantino badly mangles history and logic to do it.  After all, as Indiana Jones said (before Spielberg and Lucas nuked the fridge), “I hate those guys.”

But that’s part of the problem.  There’s almost no sport in it, no cleverness, and none of the wit that made Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction so compelling.  In both, Tarantino made us care about what happened to otherwise despicable people.  But in Inglorious Basterds, no one’s alive enough to care about, perhaps save one main character, whose plot resolution is thoroughly unsatisfying.  Only one scene generated enough tension to make me sit on the edge of my seat, and unfortunately, it comes about halfway through the movie.

Even spaghetti westerns had more subtlety and character study than this, at least the good ones.  Most of the Sergio Leone movies with Clint Eastwood dealt in interesting characters and anti-heroes, especially A Fistful of Dollars, which challenged the audience to pick any side at all.  Part of Leone’s intent in making them was to move beyond the stock characters that had stultified American westerns, in which he succeeded, although didn’t get his artistic due for years afterward.  Tarantino abandons the challenge to audiences and moves backward.

It’s still entertaining, even if it’s pretty disappointing.  It runs too long, and the plot and subplots gather more holes as it goes along.  The climax is a ridiculous scene that could only take place if all of the Nazis were complete idiots.  That works in a comedy like Mel Brooks’ underappreciated remake of To Be or Not To Be, but not in a war drama.  The film starts with a gritty scene of superb dramatic intensity, and winds up just north of Hogan’s Heroes.

The acting, though, is quite good, considering what the actors were given.  Brad Pitt gives an amiable performance the leader of the group, and Christoph Waltz excels as the German SS officer Landa.  Diane Kruger does well as a German actress/Allied mole, and Mélanie Laurent is luminous as Shoshana, one of the main hinges of the film.  The rest of the cast won’t make much of an impression at all, thanks to Tarantino’s approach.

All in all, I’d recommend it as a rental or on one of the pay channels, or at best a discount theater event.  If you just want to see Nazis killed almost non-stop and don’t expect anything else, buy the popcorn and enjoy.

Addendum: I expect to get a lot of disagreement on this one.  Also, I didn’t give any plot points away, so if you choose to see it, this shouldn’t spoil any surprises.

Update: Cleaned up some style issues in the text.

Update II: Bruce Kesler has a more personal perspective, plus a story about Eli Roth.


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What was the question? ‘~’

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 1:29 AM

What will life be like if I ever have grandsons?

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 1:37 AM

@ the buzz

TOTALLY… and I was sitting there thinking “this meeting has to be tearing her up inside” and when she let out those tears and then tried to hold them back.. I was right there with her!

and yeah… hotness!

johnnyboy on August 31, 2009 at 1:37 AM

I don’t know.. I saw Death Wish 4 the other day.. and that ruined Bronson for me..

Don’t be dissin on the DW4 now. That’s movie making at its highest art…

The Buzz on August 31, 2009 at 1:38 AM

@Dangerhighvoltage

I don’t know.. I saw Death Wish 4 the other day.. and that ruined Bronson for me..

johnnyboy on August 31, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Meh. He’s still awesome in Dirty Dozen.

DangerHighVoltage on August 31, 2009 at 1:42 AM

@the buzz

hhahaha!! it was like watching a really really really bad episode of the A-team.. or the scarecrow and mr.s king… which now that I think about it… hey.. it was pretty cool.. haha’

johnnyboy on August 31, 2009 at 1:42 AM

What will life be like if I ever have grandsons?

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 1:37 AM

Oh, yeah. Go for dignified!

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 1:43 AM

Tarantino abandons the challenge to audiences and moves backward.

That pretty much summarizes the entire latter half of his career as a director, doesn’t it?

Cylor on August 31, 2009 at 1:51 AM

I have been avidly refreshing this thread and laughing at how seriously everyone is taking this – pro and con. I never had a film class in college so this will have to do. Brad Pitt was comic relief, Lander was a compelling yet repellant character. The Bear Jew got a bigger build-up than was warranted. It was escapist, violent fluff with some interesting dialogue from time to time. It was just a good way to spend 2.5 hours and that is all. But then again, as previously stated, I never had a film class.

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 1:55 AM

oh yea – what was the deal with the guy drinking beer out of a big boot glass in the basement scene? I kept wondering about that…film afficianados wanna help out here?

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 1:57 AM

You know it seems to me that while Shoshanna’s motives are clear (and understandable – she is a character you can relate to), Landa’s motives are less clear. Does he truly hate Jews? After all he lets Shoshanna go at the beginning, and possibly at the restaurant (I think he knew her identity there, but it is not clear). Or is he just a self serving bastard? He is that at least, but is he really down with the Nazi program?

The Buzz on August 31, 2009 at 1:58 AM

It was just a good way to spend 2.5 hours and that is all.

While a good movie should be that at least, no director of Tarantino’s stature/talent just makes a movie for that. There are always multiple levels of meaning.

The Buzz on August 31, 2009 at 2:03 AM

Go for dignified!

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 1:43 AM

If you ever grow up and have a boy or grandson of your own, and then have to change him, believe me, avoiding certain unfortunate incidents takes careful planning, and skillful execution.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 2:06 AM

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 2:06 AM

I’ve dodged those situations quite well, thank you!

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 2:18 AM

While a good movie should be that at least, no director of Tarantino’s stature/talent just makes a movie for that. There are always multiple levels of meaning.

The Buzz on August 31, 2009 at 2:03 AM

And that is fine – but I am reacting as a consumer- feed my insatiable desire to be entertained and not educated….this is the same reason why I turn off every Discovery Channel nature show about 10 mins before the ending where they start harping on the global warming thing.. show me the fluffy animals and spare me the lecure. My job has meaning, I prefer my entertainment to be superficial – or at least I impose a superficial level of understanding rather than employing a decoder ring.

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 2:20 AM

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 2:18 AM

I didn’t know you had a family! We need a place to meet and share war stories.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 2:25 AM

I didn’t know you had a family! We need a place to meet and share war stories.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 2:25 AM

Absolutement! Mes histoires sont vraiment des histoires des guerre! Vous vivez ou?

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 2:32 AM

I have to say, I always like QT’s stuff. Reservoir Dogs was OK, not my fave, although the first scene in the coffee shop is good. Pulp Fiction had some great lines, but as someone else said, Tarentino does some crazy editing. Uma Thurman as a brunette though…..

I really liked the film though.

Kill Bill 1&2 were awesome. QT respected the old Kung Fu movie makers big time with this deal. I remember growing up in the 1970′s when those movies were hot, so that was cool.

The sword fighting was great. Tarentino actually had a lot of it in black and white just to cut down on the effect from so much blood!

Planet Death was stupid, but the good kind of stupid. Basically made fun of every dumb horror picture, ever. Great stuff. Rose McGowan is just plain hot!

Death Proof was OK, but not as good. Pissed me off to see them trash hard to find Mopars! But it was OK.

Having lived in Austin, and grown up close, I love he fact that Tarentino likes to film there. He uses a lot of cool places as locations.

It’s also cool he can get some high profile actors, like Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson to do his movies. And he has great taste in music for his soundtracks.

Mainly though, like others have said, they are just pure escapism. There is no real message, just a couple of hours of fun, and gratuitous violence. If the man ever had a serious plot, he’d ruin his pictures.

There are a lot better movie makers, but I bet there are few that have as much fun as he does makin’ ‘em. And that kinda shows through as you watch his stuff.

gary4205 on August 31, 2009 at 2:42 AM

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 2:32 AM

Je vous donnerais l’adresse de mon courrier électronique, mais ne savoir pas comment faire si bien. Avez-vous une suggestion?

Mais, nous pouvons continuer à être des amis et des idiots ici. J’apprécie l’une ou l’autre approche.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 2:44 AM

some people can kinda decipher la francais but not perfectly(college way back) – did you just call us idiots and prefer another approach?? :-)

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 2:55 AM

if not, then I am switching to igpay atlinay

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 2:55 AM

Lox,

Je n’ai pas des idees! Si l’un de nous placer un adresse ici, des bots du web peut le gagner et utilizer. On peut l’ecrire une peu differente, sans @ peut-etre.

J’ai besoin d’un addresse sans ma nom pour utilizer sur des blogs…

Ici est bien, mais il y a trop des histoires je n’ose pas ecrire ici!

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 2:55 AM

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 2:55 AM

No, the idiot reference was to ourselves. :)

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 2:57 AM

Just kidding anyway – i tend to pick up the french when my friends from Tahiti vist and lose it other times – but I love to see it cited on a thread i am following – bonne nuit mes amis

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 3:01 AM

doesnt des idiots ici – mean the idiots in here?

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Maquis: Je comprends. À ce temps, le seul je me fie pour bien échanger des adresses est BB. Le connaissez-vous ? Autrement, nous continuons ici, mon ami.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:05 AM

doesnt des idiots ici – mean the idiots in here?

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 3:02 AM

Yes, but before that he said “we could continue to be” idiots here, referring to our choice of conversational venues.

If you are interested in rekindling your French, I’d be happy to make some suggestions of resources that I like. Of course, nothing kicks foreign language skills up a notch like marrying someone that doesn’t know English…

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Lox,
QQjour je vais prendre un addresse clandestine vous le donnerai.

Pour maintenant, de quelle coin de la pay vivrez vous? Je suis en Denver, mais c’est temporaire.

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:17 AM

Of course, nothing kicks foreign language skills up a notch like marrying someone that doesn’t know English…

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Okay. I’m willing to admit that I’m an idiot and that I enjoy learning to speak with you in either of my non-native tongues, French or English. But I draw the line at marrying you. Sorry. I’m just not willing to go that far. I do so hope that I’ve made myself perfectly clear. Yuck!

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:21 AM

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:21 AM

I most certainly were not suggesting any such thing, and you know that buddy! Funny guy… So what is your native tongue?

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 AM

Ed,

Wow, that is truly disgusting. In a liberal sort of way. So you would like moviemakers to made up some stuff, to aromatize people who perpetrated, supported or albeited one the worst massacres in history so that you can “care” about them? Well normally Hollywood have you covered, but Nazis are largely politically incorrect so unfortuanately for you you’ll not be challenged to pick their side.

Still unlike folks like myself who do not enjoy fictional noblefication of violent scum, you’re not in a position of complaining since you got a whole non-judgemental side-challenging movie world in front of you. Al-Quaeda, serial killers, skinheads etc has already been subjected to many “character studies”.

Alexey on August 31, 2009 at 3:26 AM

Maquis: Vous pouvez bien m’envoyer un message par ici :

http: // thesheikhdown.wordpress.com/

Je réside dans la Nouvelle Angleterre. Bleu sacré. NON!

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:33 AM

So what is your native tongue?

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:25 AM

Langage enfantin.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:34 AM

Langage enfantin.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:34 AM

Ah, bien, vous etes encore fort en ca! ;)

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:41 AM

Quit supporting Hollywood and Pitt Ed Medved

PrezHussein on August 31, 2009 at 3:45 AM

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 3:41 AM

Wee-wee, à vous aussi! Merci!

(Barry)

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:46 AM

Maquis: J’ai dit à BB que vous pourriez laisser un message sur son site et si vous le faites, c’est bon pour lui pour vous envoyer mon adresse.

Jusqu’à ce que nous nous rencontrions de nouveau, être s’il vous plaît bons.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:55 AM

Maquis: J’ai dit à BB que vous pourriez laisser un message sur son site et si vous le faites, c’est bon pour lui pour vous envoyer mon adresse.

Jusqu’à ce que nous nous rencontrions de nouveau, être s’il vous plaît bons.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 3:55 AM

Merveille! Dit merci a BB pour moi aussi, peut-etre il va etre une peu surprisee que je suis aussi BB en vrai!

Merci pour tes voeux, a toi aussi. Bonne nuit.

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Maquis on August 31, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Goodnight, my friend.

Loxodonta on August 31, 2009 at 4:07 AM

and here I thought it was about making jews look as sick and deranged as nazis.

isn’t this a metaphor for the torture debates?

Lonetown on August 31, 2009 at 5:57 AM

they’re Nazis — the last villains that still play well as cardboard cutouts in cinema.

Absolutely nothing is more boring than nazis. Nazis is the most tiresome form of entertainment in the world. In any form.

Tarantino is one of my favorite directors, but I’ll be skipping this one.

jaime on August 31, 2009 at 6:36 AM

Well, the movie was EXACTLY like I expected, and I did enjoy it.Yes ,there’s gore, but that must not bother Americans even when its young, attractive teenagers, because Final Destination is #1 at the box office and I found it gorier than IB by a long shot.

I see where several people have mentioned this, but can Hollyweird ever get a Southern accent correct? I found Pitt’s Tennessee Mtn boy accent grating. I have been thinking for yrs we in the South should buy ad space in major publications, asking them why they can get most foreign accents down, but why one in their very own country baffles them. We are always portrayed as if we just stepped off the Gone with the Wind set. One of the reasons I like actresses like Holly Hunter has been that she never fully lost her accent and can call it back perfectly (see Raising Arizona). I nearly died laughing when Steele Magnolias came out and GA born and raised Julia Roberts couldn’t do a credible accent. Jeez Louise!

di butler on August 31, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Planet Death was stupid, but the good kind of stupid. Basically made fun of every dumb horror picture, ever. Great stuff. Rose McGowan is just plain hot!

Death Proof was OK, but not as good. Pissed me off to see them trash hard to find Mopars! But it was OK.

It’s called Planet Terror and it’s a Robert Rodriguez film. Grindhouse was one of the best movie theater experiences of my life. It’s seemed like everyone who was there was enjoying the movie and and cheered at the end of death Proof when Kurt Russell got what was coming to him.

My friends and I think Death Proof was really one big endurance test (seeing how long can you tough it out) with a huge payoff at the end. He makes you sit thru 45 minutes of dialouge so that the last 25 minutes of the movie is one big adrenaline release.

I loved Inglorious Basterds. It was nothing more that Jewish revenge porn and really, did it need to be anything else?

Pcoop on August 31, 2009 at 6:59 AM

I’ll just stick with the Dirty Dozen. Awesome movie with a satisfyingly high Nazi body count–and without all the obnoxious Tarantinoisms spilled all over it.

DangerHighVoltage on August 31, 2009 at 1:30 AM

I think my favorite is Where Eagles Dare. Eastwood kills the better portion of the German Army all by himself.

oh yea – what was the deal with the guy drinking beer out of a big boot glass in the basement scene? I kept wondering about that…film afficianados wanna help out here?

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 1:57 AM

Common beer glassware in Germany, so it would make sense that a tavern frequented by the Germans would have them.

“Say auf Wiedersehen to your Nazi balls!” I’m still chuckling at that days later…

Jim Treacher on August 31, 2009 at 7:08 AM

Pop references and dramatic camera angles does not a great film maker make. Tarantino is the film buff’s auteur.

curved space on August 31, 2009 at 7:45 AM

QT is like that band whose first two albums were awesome and then spends the rest of his career trying harder and harder to recapture the magic.

I may be over-thinking this, but I sorta get depressed that they don’t make movies anymore – other than G-rated stuff for the kiddies – that you can’t watch with either your 13 year-old or your greatest generation mother-in-law.

In my opinion, one of the best movies this decade was The Incredibles (complete with conservative themes). Re this decade, I am kinda down to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, O Brother, Where Art Thou, 3:10 to Yuma and The Incredibles.

I miss the ’80s and ’90s movies.

johnboy on August 31, 2009 at 7:54 AM

This movie & review are causing controversy? Just from the ads I figure this is a movie about killing Nazis. And that’s about it. Killing Nazis = good, but if that is what your movie is about, well I’d rather see something else, perhaps The Longest Day and remember those who gave their lives actually defeating these monsters.

And if I’m going to watch porn, it ain’t gonna be the vengeance variety. Try again, Quentin.

rbj on August 31, 2009 at 8:08 AM

If you just want to see Nazis killed almost non-stop…

If?

Advocate For Change on August 31, 2009 at 8:25 AM

and here I thought it was about making jews look as sick and deranged as nazis.

isn’t this a metaphor for the torture debates?

Lonetown on August 31, 2009 at 5:57 AM

Not a chance.

LibTired on August 31, 2009 at 8:37 AM

oh yea – what was the deal with the guy drinking beer out of a big boot glass in the basement scene? I kept wondering about that…film afficianados wanna help out here?

HawaiiLwyr on August 31, 2009 at 1:57 AM

One word: BEERFEST!

Heh.
Mild language warning.

csdeven on August 31, 2009 at 8:42 AM

johnboy on August 31, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Key Largo.

A Guy named Joe.

Golden era actors/actresses could say a thousands words and express as many feelings with just the look in their eyes. A lost art. What we have today is CG numbing our senses so we don’t see how completely pathetic most Hollywood actors are now a days.

When was the last time anyone under 40 was encouraged to view “To Have and Have Not” or “12 Angry Men”?

csdeven on August 31, 2009 at 8:50 AM

As long as we continue to have mindless fluff with which we are free to amuse ourselves I am hopeful for the future. It means we still have choices and the means to pursue idle pleasures.
Of course this assumes it’s not an Obama bread and circuses kind of thing. If that ever happens I think we’ll know it when Obama appoints an Entertainment/Distraction Czar.

SKYFOX on August 31, 2009 at 8:53 AM

I think Ed suggested we all see “Død snø”. Now there was some innovative NAZI killing. The great thing was that they didn’t stay dead and you could kill them over and over again.

Where Eagles Dare.

Jim Treacher on August 31, 2009 at 7:08 AM

More good NAZI killin’.

csdeven on August 31, 2009 at 9:13 AM

CS Deven:

Made my 17 and 13 year old watch Rear Window. Funniest comment: “people were skinny and dressed better back then!” Plus they loved Grace Kelly.

johnboy on August 31, 2009 at 9:14 AM

I saw the film and sat there hoping that I live long enought to see the film with ragheads as the villians instead of Germans.

jarhead0311 on August 31, 2009 at 9:15 AM

johnboy on August 31, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Rear Window. Awesome cinema. I made my kids watch “12 Angry Men” and it turned them on to the oldies. Now they will watch just about anything black and white. Funniest comment: “When did the world get color?”. Hahaha.

csdeven on August 31, 2009 at 9:26 AM

The movie had a clear message and it is not complimentary. (If you wish to avoid spoilers then please breeze on by this post.)

Hitler is portrayed laughing and taking great joy in the onscreen slaughter of Americans. Just as we are expected to at least be entertained by the gruesome slaughter of nazis. We (Americans & Jews) are like Hitler. We are like the Palestinians, using any means to inflict terror (including suicide bombings) on our enemies to obtain victory and/or revenge.

I plan to never see a Tarantino movie in a theater again.

alesian_siege on August 31, 2009 at 9:27 AM

More testimony to the cinematic genius of Mr. Tarantino.
[Yawn]

TimBuk3 on August 31, 2009 at 9:29 AM

Here’s the thing: Kill Bill had the same vengeance story. Don’t know, but I expected Inglorious Bastards to be a bit more. I mean I expected killing, but maybe more of an espionage film- smart, ruthless Nazis vs smart, ruthless assassins. But if the Nazis are idiots, that just takes the fun out of it.

Maybe I won’t waste my money. Thanks.

xax on August 31, 2009 at 9:32 AM

I saw the film and sat there hoping that I live long enought to see the film with ragheads as the villians instead of Germans.

jarhead0311 on August 31, 2009 at 9:15 AM

“The Hurt Locker” and “Bravo-Two-Zero” has some good terrorist killing in it. But the best stuff by far is the combat footage you can see on YouTube. Simply do a search on “Kill terrorists”.

csdeven on August 31, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Total crap, an easy mark to try and make some change and revitalize his lousy career. If he wanted to do something with some impact it sould have been the taliban or al qaeda.

mdreb on August 31, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Dr Evil on August 30, 2009 at 9:49 PM

That’s a heck of a niece you’ve got, there. I wish her the best of luck on her career.

progressoverpeace on August 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Thank You

Dr Evil on August 31, 2009 at 9:52 AM

It was horrible.

daesleeper on August 31, 2009 at 9:54 AM

In the immortal words of the Blues Brothers:

“Illinois Nazis.”
“I hate Illinois Nazis.”

hungrymongo on August 31, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Great filler.

MSGTAS on August 31, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I’m sick of telling people this, but I suppose some people need to hear it: Tarantino sucks as a director.

His technique lacks any sense of subtlety, so to me he comes off like a first year film student trying hard to impress. For most of his movies, it feels like he’s in the room, grabbing me by the shoulders and shaking me, yelling, “See what a good director I am! Hey, did you catch that? You don’t see many directors today using that old technique? Oh, and how about this part? Aren’t I edgy?!?”

He wrote one good movie (True Romance), and directed one great movie (Reservoir Dogs). Ever since then, he’s joined the “How do these horrible, hack directors still get to keep making movies” list, along with Tim Burton, Kevin Costner, Oliver Stone, and David Lynch.

ynot4tony2 on August 31, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Chris37 on August 30, 2009 at 9:48 PM
Yep, there was some applause in our theater as well.

And as far as “mixed reviews,” it gets a score of 89% positive from 227 critics (both famous and not) on rottentomatoes.com

nickj116 on August 30, 2009 at 9:55 PM

AS was in the theater I was in.

The premis of IB is absurd, and THAT is why its a great QT movie. Kill Bill Vol 1 and Vol 2 rise to the quentisentially absurd, but its riveting in the execution of literally dragging you from one scene’s meaning to the next scene’s seemingly disjointed impact, culminating in the Geshtalt of it all being wrapped up at the end.

Its like liver. You either have a taste for it or its the worst stuff you could ever taste.

You either loathe QT’s work, or you love it.

I intend to go see it again, and add it to my QT collection once it hits the stores.

ps, I always go to matinees. I’m basicly cheap that way.

44Magnum on August 31, 2009 at 11:00 AM

damn ed, you wouldn’t know a good movie if it hit you in the face with a shotgun.

triple on August 31, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Most of the Sergio Leone movies with Clint Eastwood dealt in interesting characters and anti-heroes, especially A Fistful of Dollars, which challenged the audience to pick any side at all.

You mean Yojimbo. A Fistful of Dollars was just a Western remake (which then got re-made into Last Man Standing).

Count to 10 on August 31, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Tarantino sucks

- The Cat

P.S. Period

MirCat on August 31, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Their deaths have a gruesome voyeuristic quality to them, but then again, they’re Nazis — it’s Quentin Tarantino…

Did you expect something different from this director?

4shoes on August 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Total crap, an easy mark to try and make some change and revitalize his lousy career. If he wanted to do something with some impact it sould have been the taliban or al qaeda.

mdreb on August 31, 2009 at 9:44 AM

It’s hilarious! Even the Great Shocking Tarantino is a total pansy a$$ when it comes to that!

4shoes on August 31, 2009 at 1:04 PM

I wonder if it would have the same campy vibe if they were slaughtering Commies instead of Nazis?
Hmmm…

mizflame98 on August 30, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Good question. After all, far more people were killed by Stalin than Hitler.

Or what about a “vengence” movie about Islamic Jihadists? Seems more relevant than Nazis.

I do like World War II movies, but I am not going to watch this Tarantino Turd. If there is one thing I hate in World War II movies, it’s historical inaccuracy.

Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot and Der Untergang are all excellent World War II movies. IG is not.

Norwegian on August 31, 2009 at 1:13 PM

The only just war according to liberals, WWII. Of course, while it was raging they wanted nothing to do with it.

Now let’s let Hollywood make it all seem like a big joke.

Maybe movies about Iraq will finally come out in sixty years and some foppish stars will use it as a comedy opportunity?

Hening on August 31, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Hitler is portrayed laughing and taking great joy in the onscreen slaughter of Americans. Just as we are expected to at least be entertained by the gruesome slaughter of nazis. We (Americans & Jews) are like Hitler. We are like the Palestinians, using any means to inflict terror (including suicide bombings) on our enemies to obtain victory and/or revenge.

I plan to never see a Tarantino movie in a theater again.

alesian_siege on August 31, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Or maybe: Hitler was a bloodthirsty monster, and we got to see him act like one right before he was riddled with bullets and blown up.

Jim Treacher on August 31, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Sorry. Won’t watch it. Matt Damon. (BTW, his greatest role was in “Team America”

darwin-t on August 31, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Darwin-t, Matt Damon is not in IB. Just Pitt.

I saw this on a Sunday afternoon with a large middle aged crowd or mostly church going type folks. There were cheers and applause through the whole thing. Some people weren’t turned off by it, by a long shot.

di butler on August 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Quentin Tarantino should pay me for my time,…movie bites!

christene on August 31, 2009 at 6:31 PM

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