I saw IB today....enjoyed it, some thoughts:
1) Not enough of the Basterds. Really, other than their initial attack/interrogation scene, we really dont get enough of them doing what it is they do best: killing Nazi's.
2) Yes I complaied earlier about Tarantino dialog being too much(which it is....his scripts are unnecessarily wordy) and again this movie was about 20 minutes longer cause of rambling scenes, but the problem is that many scenes that went on way too long seemed to be the parts that tried didnt involve the Basterd and tried to "set things up" . The story is pretty simple, so it's not like you need these 20 minute bridge segments to set up the story. It just seemed to focus too much on certain parts that I didnt think needed it and trying to develop characters which didnt really succeed. I mean the scene in the farmhouse? Way too long. The Scene in the basement bar? Way too long. Considering how simple the story is these "filler material" parts trying to connect the story just seemed overly long and really could of been scaled back and had the same effect.
3) I had a hard time taking a few of the basterds seriously because of some of their previous films.....not their fault but come on...BJ Novak and Samm Levine are not the definition of anything close to tough bad ass Nazi killers......
4) I wanted to hate Eli Roth (because I do) but his role was so easy even a caveman could do it. (Sorry Geico!) So Kudo's to him for not screweing up the "menacing guy with a bat" routine......on a side note: when did he get the Zachary Quinto eyebrows???
overall I'd give it a 7 out of 10, making it my second highest rated Tarantino film....(all his movies clock in at 5 or less on my radar, minus resevoir dogs) so my rating is a compliment. I just think if he would learn to cut the arthouse crap filler material his films would be much more fluid.
Oh one more thing: anyone else think there were some terrible soundtrack choices? Some music was cool but some was downright awful.