Tell us what you thought of ‘Inglourious Basterds’

Posted by · 10:45 am · August 21st, 2009

(from left) Eli Roth and Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds

Believe it or not, there are things going on this weekend that don’t involve “Avatar.”  Namely, Quentin Tarantino’s seventh film to date, “Inglourious Basterds,” hits theaters nationwide.  I’ve offered my considerably negative thoughts already, but be sure to let us know what you thought once you see it this weekend.  I expect it’ll do pretty decent business and will likely find an audience, but reactions have certainly been divided so far.

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  • 1 8-22-2009 at 10:28 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    My reaction to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is similar to that of Roger Ebert stumbling out of the theater after seeing Aliens – stun silence and the feeling that I had just been violently assaulted – I’m not sure if what I just saw was a mean practical joke or the work of genius. I just wasn’t prepared for this movie.

  • 2 8-22-2009 at 10:37 am

    Danny said...

    This movie was brilliant. Sure, it was flawed, a little too long, but it was just an incredible experience. Loved every minute of it.

  • 3 8-22-2009 at 10:57 am

    average joe said...

    Loved this film.

    The image of a laughing Shoshana projected on the smoke was incredible. I don’t see how any shot from this year will be better.

  • 4 8-22-2009 at 11:14 am

    Chris138 said...

    I’ve never seen so many arguments in a thread that is supposed to be talking about what people thought of a new movie. Jesus.

    I have yet to see the movie, I’m not a big fan of Tarantino with the exception of Pulp Fiction, but I have a feeling this will be one I’ll end up seeing.

  • 5 8-22-2009 at 12:57 pm

    cinebrooding said...

    Loved it. The obvious – Christoph Waltz blah blah blah. And I liked it more than Kill Bill.

  • 6 8-22-2009 at 1:49 pm

    Adam S. said...

    I usually think it is unfair when people judge every movie Tarantino makes against Pulp Fiction, or Mann with Heat, and so on and so forth and be judged on its merits alone. But after seeing the Basterds, which I thought had some goods scenes and a few good performances but was overblown and underwhelming in the end, I wondered if anyone would have given a rat’s ass about this movie if it hadn’t been a Tarantino film.

  • 7 8-22-2009 at 3:18 pm

    dan said...

    excellent movie! very humorous with all around good acting. Christoph Waltz was splendid. Kruger and the other German chick were great. Pitt was hilarious. Roaring ovation in my theatre at the end of the movie. 4 Stars

  • 8 8-22-2009 at 3:30 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    “I wondered if anyone would have given a rat’s ass about this movie if it hadn’t been a Tarantino film.”

    The same logic could be applied to any popular director – Cameron with Avatar – Nolan with Inception – Marty with Shutter Island – if said names weren’t attached we likely wouldn’t give a good shit!

  • 9 8-22-2009 at 7:06 pm

    Evan said...

    Loved it, as did the rest of the audience (based on the amount of applause and cheers). The large group I went with also loved it, definitely didn’t see any kind of divided reaction on my end.

    The bar scene was classic.

    Didn’t care for Pitt though, but his Italian was hilarious.

  • 10 8-22-2009 at 11:51 pm

    Rare Addict said...

    I absolutely loved it, and as Evan said, so did the rest of the audience, it seemed. To put it simply, the dialogue was heated and clever, the performances superb all around (especially Christoph Waltz), and the song choices – as in any Tarantino film – very effective.

    For me to give a film a perfect score is rare enough as it is, but this is the first time I’ve given one to two films in a row (having seen District 9 last weekend). It’s been a damn good year for films so far, with Coraline, Up, and the aforementioned District 9 ranking somewhere in my all-time Top 15. And while I’ll have to see it a few more times to say for sure, Inglourious Basterds is perhaps my fifth favorite movie of all time. Aside from last year’s Bolt, never has a movie surpassed my expectations by such a great amount.

  • 11 8-23-2009 at 12:07 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Anthony: I never read the script for Inglourious Basterds, though I did know the basic story.

    Glenn: Hans Landa could have easily stopped the attack (remember, he did not know about Shosanna’s plot), so I don’t buy this whole “he had no choice argument,” and even if I did, why would he be so cavalier about it?

    Zan: Tarantino’s dialogue in his previous films (well, maybe not Death Proof) was interesting and fun to listen to. Here, though, it was boring and rarely provided insight to the plot. Sometimes characters would just talk in circles and conversations that should have lasted a few seconds last for several minutes. In a movie like Pulp Fiction, which is all about sponteneity and dialogue, this is okay (though every conversation in that film was a joy to listen to). Here, though, we’re dealing with a “men-on-a-mission movie,” and in that sense the film should keep moving forward (a la Kill Bill: Vol. 1), not aimlessly wander around with unecessary scenes and superfluous dialogue.

  • 12 8-23-2009 at 9:42 am

    kid said...

    Inglourious Basterds was amazing

  • 13 8-23-2009 at 7:30 pm

    Chris138 said...

    Just got back from seeing it, the film projector actually broke with 5 minutes of the movie left. Ended up seeing those remaining minutes, anyway. Good movie, not a great movie like some people having been saying, but still worth seeing at least once.

  • 14 8-24-2009 at 8:04 pm

    Marshall said...

    Finally collected my thoughts!

    Overall, I’d say it wasn’t Tarantino’s best, but it was still wildly entertaining even if it did drag a bit in the middle.