I’m still mulling over Inglourious Basterds, but the good news is that it’s terrific. It’s much slower, talkier and in a way more serious than I expected, but damnit it works. I haven’t dug into the negative reviews yet, but its safe to say a certain movie blogger who was morally outraged by the movie is talking out of his ass.
Much of the critical attention since Cannes has centered on Christoph Waltz (above) and his comic/evil performance is worth every adjective, but I think Brad Pitt deserves a little more attention than he’s getting. Melanie Laurent is also good as the French Jewish woman bent on revenge.
I don’t know where Inglourious Basterds will end up fitting into the Tarantino canon, but every time I think I know what to expect from the dude, he throws me a curve ball and takes me by surprise. He’s done it again and in a very good way.
Speaking of the man, QT himself unexpectedly (by me anyway) turned up to introduce the midnight screening at the Cinerama Dome. He didn’t have much to say, but he got the crowd properly juiced before dashing off to introduce the 12:05 show. Say what you want about the guy, he stands behind his movies.
In trailer news, I’m pleased to report that, as you’d expect, the Avatar trailer plays much more impressively on a giant screen. Plus, I’m starting to warm up to the idea that the Na’vi just aren’t going to be photorealistic. It remains to be seen how believably expressive they are and that could be the key. Also, I guess we’ll find out this evening how the thing looks in 3-D.
More interesting than Avatar or Shutter Island which we’ve all already seen was the teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception. I’ve kept myself from really knowing anything about it, but it looks freaky cool.
That’s all for now. I’ll have more on Inglourious Basterds after I’ve had a chance to let it sink in a little bit and reconcile it with my expectations.