Posted by: daveed | June 9, 2009

Tarantino’s “tedious” war movie

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds premiered at Cannes a few weeks ago, and Karina Longworth—who’s fast becoming one of my favorite film critics—explains why she found it so underwhelming:

Ultimately, Basterds is just tedious to watch, not necessarily because it’s so talky, but because the talkiness is supremely vacant… We’re told a lot, and shown very little.

Frankly, I’m surprised. I thought it would be a mindless gore-fest, not a gab-fest. Already clocking in at nearly 150 minutes, it remains to be seen if Tarantino will edit it in advance of an official US release. Longworth seems to feel that his career might be riding on this one.


  1. Observation: Inglourious Basterds sets out the perfect plot for a video game

  2. Isn’t Tarantino’s whole point ‘supremely vacant talkiness’?

  3. Isn’t Tarantino’s whole schick ‘supremely vacant talkiness’ ?

  4. I think Tarantino’s motivation is to simply make movies as if he was the only one in the theater. Often it works, but when it doesn’t, it’s like watching the most expensive student film ever made.

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