Thursday, August 27, 2009

On "Inglourious Basterds"

From The Dispatch:

There are lots of great ideas at work in "Basterds," but it is a talky and uneven viewing experience, leaving its main characters underdeveloped and giving its secondary characters too much screen time. Already clocking in at 153 minutes, the film feels long, but one can't help but wonder if Tarantino had made this the gigantic omnibus film that it really needs to be, if it would have felt more developed and more cohesive. As it stands, the episodic structure, so common to Tarantino's films, feels like a needless hindrance.

Click here to read my full review.

1 comment:

Sam Juliano said...

"There are lots of great ideas at work in "Basterds," but it is a talky and uneven viewing experience, leaving its main characters underdeveloped and giving its secondary characters too much screen time. Already clocking in at 153 minutes, the film feels long, but one can't help but wonder if Tarantino had made this the gigantic omnibus film that it really needs to be, if it would have felt more developed and more cohesive. As it stands, the episodic structure, so common to Tarantino's films, feels like a needless hindrance."

OK Matthew, I buy into this criticism, as well as a number of others. We're pretty much on the sam page here, even if I seemed to like it a bit less. Excellent review here with a great lead-in.