103. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
Leonard Maltin's Rating :
Should be :
IMDB Rating : 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes Rating : 89%
Rotten Tomato Synopsis: "A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining,"
Leonard says in his review : "A colorful, flamboyant concoction that's well-staged but awfully self-indulgent, a handful of scenes in search of a real movie."
I have to admit that my tastes runs like Leonard's in that I enjoy a good narrative story. Tarantino's movies are much more about the show, rather than story. Where I disagree with Leonard is in his thinking a movie has to have a strong narrative to be considered a "real movie." I think Mr. Tarantino knows what a real movie is, and it is wrong for Leonard to try to impose his own personal tastes on the movie viewing audience.
The thing that I like best about Tarantino's movies is that he plays it all straight. There is no winking at the camera in his films. As crazy as things may get, whether it's Beatrix chopping her way through the Crazy 88 or the Basterds trying to kill Hitler, everything is as serious can be.
There are several stories running through this movie, one more ludicrous than the next, and they all meet up in the end and somehow Tarantino makes it all work.
I consistently walk out of Tarantino movies stunned and thoroughly entertained. The IMDB and RT ratings for this movie clearly show that the general movie going public clearly loves this movie and Leonard is doing his readers a disservice by steering them away from it.