We saw Inglourious Basterds last week, and I've been meaning to write this entry since then because I have some questions. See, I thought the movie was horrible, yet I keep reading what a great movie it is. I just don't get it. I didn't like Pulp Fiction when I first saw it, but I didn't think it was horrible. Reservoir Dogs was fine; I didn't have much of an opinion about it. I really, really liked Death Proof, and I think the Kill Bill movies are some of the best I've ever seen. I don't have a set opinion of Tarantino, obviously, but I clearly give him a chance.
I get how Basterds is a revenge fantasy depicting a world where Hitler and the rest were killed in one fell swoop. And how get how the Basterds themselves are supposed to be funny. But I just don't get how we're supposed to fell that those goals were completed. This is my primary problem (and a major spoiler): Shoshanna dies just like her family did while Col. Landa, the man who ordered the death of her family, lives. This is a revenge fantasy where the only-surviving symbol of loss is killed and the man who created her loss lives? And I didn't get the humor. There were some goofy accents and odd behaviors, but they were not that funny. And they were few and far between, which means that those who did find those things funny would not really have a lot to laugh at.
In a lot of ways, the serious part of the film was like the second Kill Bill, where Beatrice is fighting to get to her daughter. And the humorous parts of the film were like the first Kill Bill, with its over-stylized staging and words on the screen and all that. But neither got the depth it needed, and the merger wasn't smooth. In fact, it felt like whiplash at times.
What am I missing? Was I just letting my mood lately overshadow my feelings? I just thought it was probably the worst movie I've seen this year, and we saw G. I. Joe.