Saturday, June 27, 2009

Inglorious Bastards gets an official trailer...

On the surface, this looks like an absolute blast. It appears to be a violent, mean-spirited, wish-fullfillment fantasy that has several big stars (Brad Pitt, Mike Myers) relishing the campy, B-movie cocktail that is Quentin Tarantino's current game plan. While I wish that Tarantino would go back to making movies with character and thematic content (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown), I cannot deny that this looks like a whacked-out little pleasure. Having said all that, Death Proof looked terrific too, and that turned out to be one of the dullest cinematic experiences of recent years.

I've avoided most reviews coming out of Cannes, especially as the theatrical cut will likely be shorter anyway (the festival cut was 165 minutes). I'm sincerely hoping that this will not be another case of Tarantino making another picture that's 80% verbal masturbation and 20% actual exciting action and/or character development. Whatever the case, this film is The Weinstein Company's last hope to stay in business. So it figures that they'd open it just one week before their other remaining big-money-picture, Rob Zombie's Halloween II.

Scott Mendelson

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