Yesterday, Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” had its debut at Cannes. The verdict? Lots of talking. David Cox of Film 4 has left the line most stuck in my brain box: “the Tarantino film that this feels most like is probably Reservoir Dogs, albeit with the whole of Nazi-occupied France standing in for a single warehouse set.”
Furthermore, a lot of attention is going to Michael Fassbender and Christopher Waltz which is interesting as they’ve barely received any attention in the trailer and that makes sense. The best way to sell this film is on Brad Pitt’s shoulders but it looks like audiences are going to be pretty surprised that this is a film that’s more on the talkative side (seriously, have they not seen a Tarantino movie before?) and doesn’t feature Brad Pitt as much as they thought.
Keep in mind that this may not be the film we see. There’s plenty of time for Tarantino to work up some edits between now and its August 21st release date. This Cannes debut may have simply served as a very public test screening.