So /Film has some early fan Twitter response to a Cannes screening of Quentin Tarantino’s remake of a 1978 Italian Dirty Dozen, about a group of criminal misfits about to be shipped off to a military prison but who end up killing Narzis (as Winston Churchill would say).
Here’s a sampling of pre-release chatter:
Inglourious Basterds was frickin’ awesome! This is the WW2 movie we’ve all been waiting to see!! Lots of talking scenes, but still great! Diff than I was expecting, but I think Tarantino is back in action, hell yea!!
Much of Basterds felt flat, with a schizophrenic spaghetti western style that blasts Ennio Morricone at the start and then David Bowie later on … Enjoyable? Sure. But for 2 hours and 40 minutes it’s a big ask to keep brattishness exhilarating.
INGLORIOUS BASTERDS: a light comedy about killing Nazis. My low expectations were met.
Basterds turns out it’s the grindhouse version of “Valkyrie.”
Rather brilliant. Every bit as idiosyncratic as the spelling of its title, it’s a wonderfully-acted movie that subverts expectation at every turn. And it may represent the most confident, audacious writing and directing of QT’s career.
Fair to say that genius is in the eye of the beholder.