Reviews come in from Tarantino’s Inglorious Cannes screening

20 May

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May 20th, 2009-

This Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.  Quentin Tarantino, the rabid dog of extravagant, pop-indulgence himself, presented his  Inglorious Basterds to the Cannes audience. The new film stars Brad Pitt and follows a militia of Jewish soldiers sent out to strike fear and collect scalps among the Third Reicht, with the  finale taking place in a movie theater with Hitler himself in attendance. The trailer made it look like more of the wacky same from Tarantino, who I personally find to be frustratingly inconsistent. His original Pulp Fiction, which won him the Palme D’ or at Cannes back in 1994, is an original and energetic work and I’m quite fond of Kill Bill but most everything else that Tarantino has done has fallen short for me, especially the tedious and overblown Death Proof.

As for this one, I’m not sure. Tarantino will most certainly be drawing from war pics and sphagetti westerns and if he conjures as much fun as he did with Bill’s martial arts influences then count me in. For now though, the most compelling part of the film’s trailer is Pitt’s  crazy line: “I want my scalps!” Heres are some links to the early reviews and three clips from the film:

Variety review is up HERE.

Roger Ebert offers some thoughts HERE.

Michael Philips gives a somewhat mixed review HERE.

The Guardian is appalled HERE.

See 3 new clips from Inglorious Basterds HERE.

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