I am not the biggest fan of Mr. Tarantino. I actually was using the bathroom the other day and I thought, “You know, Pulp Fiction was a pretty bad movie.” I know, you probably choked on your Latte when you read that. But, think about it. In the movie, you had an emotional reaction about things that give you emotional reactions. Drug Overdoses, violence, anal rape. All those things will cause you to react, and they are hard to forget. Is that talented directing, or just talented awareness of what makes humans uncomfortable? Is there a difference? Does it matter? Anyway, there is some positive, early buzz for Tarantino’s newest flick, Inglourous Bastards.
I saw it today and loved it. The movie contains the kind of spectacularly creative and entertaining dialogue Tarantino is known for. In fact, it begins with a very long dialogue scene which may make some viewers restless because of its length. But if you’re someone who savors Tarantino’s writing, it’s great. The film is less violent than many of Tarantino’s efforts, or maybe it’s that the violence doesn’t seem as gratuitous in the context of a war movie.
I think about what makesa good narrative. I think that it is the learning of human nature, and not in an obvious way. Tarantino has always given us lots of “Stuff”, swords, motocycles, guns and the like. Will this be different? Can Tarantino grow up? We’ll see.