Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds review

Some promotional posters for Inglourious Basterds haven’t displayed the title of the film at all. Can’t think why. It doesn’t really matter, though; they say all they need to: “Quentin Tarantino’s New Film.”

Tarantino is a draw for good reason: he can be a great writer, especially of dialogue, and he has a deserved reputation as a very talented director. His characters are well formed and here, Aldo “Apache” Raine and Hans “Jew Hunter” Landa, brilliantly played by Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, particularly stand out, providing the most entertaining and funny moments.

The enjoyable film displays Tarantino’s brilliance but it also shows up a lack of discipline. It is a similar length to Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown but, unlike those tighter films, Inglourious is far, far too long with many lengthy, indulgent scenes that trip up the pace and bog down the story rather than push it forward. After making some of the best movies of recent decades, Tarantino appears to be taking a few backwards steps, somehow becoming more rough around the edges the more he familiarises himself with his craft.

4 out of 5

23rd Aug 2009 | Official site | On IMDb