Quentin Tarantino‘s World War II movie drama “Inglourious Basterds” made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, and while most critics enjoyed the movie, the main complain was that there was too much talking and not enough action.
By his own admission, Tarantino rushed to finish the film in time to compete in the Cannes Film Festival. He would have been better off screening it out of competition and designating it a work in progress.
Top executives at Weinstein Co and Universal are going to have to persuade the film-maker to restructure the movie ever so slightly before it hits US screens in August, and subtract and add footage so we know more about the Basterds, a group of Jewish American soldiers charged with scalping Germans in Nazi-occupied France.
According to Anne Thompson at Variety, Quentin Tarantino may indeed be hitting the editing room soon, but reminds them that the Cannes version clocks at two hours and 27 minutes, “well under his contractual final cut length of two hours 48 minutes.”
“We worked at a really accelerated pace. Digging deep – and not just saying, ‘Manana, Manana’. Saying: ‘No! We’re gonna get it done in three days, one way or the other we’re gonna get it done’.
“I think there’s an energy that you can feel on the screen; that you can feel us reaching to do that.”