Earlier today, I was reading a Jeff Wells piece where he commented that QT’s newest movie Inglorious Bastards clocked in at 165 pages – too long to be a conventional movie, but too short to be broken into two films.? It’s a proxy that one script page is one minute of screen time.? So as is, the movie would run about 2 hours and 45 minutes.? Wells mentioned that he would have the script by the end of the week and our excitement was pushed to the brink when both Latino Review and Vulture got their grubby hands on a copy of his script.
The consensus from both reviews is that this is a bloody masterpiece, if QT can get the funding and shoot this thing on his own terms.
So what’s it about?? The long and short of it is that this movie follows eight Jewish-American soldiers in WW II with the sole mission of kicking Nazi ass.? Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt is rumored for this role) leads a blood thirsty squadron of soldiers called the ?Bastards? for a final mission that involves ruining Nazi party plans to premiere a propaganda film in Paris.?
The movie is broken down into five chapters and are said to form a criss-crossing storyline of sorts, switching from the Bastards to the other main character, which Vulture describes as ?a French Jewish teenager named Shosanna who survives the massacre of her family.? She is curating the premiere and has something up her sleeve for the Third Reich as well.
Vulture goes on to say, that “the script is definitely the ur-text of Quentin Tarantino’s career up to now; it combines his love of old movies (war movies, Westerns, and even prewar German cinema), his attraction to powerful female protagonists, his love of chatter, and his willingness to embrace the extreme ? visually and in his storytelling. (The flashbacks have particularly Tarantinoian flourishes: a thought bubble pops out of a character’s head to introduce one, while another is shot spaghetti Western style.) All in all, it reads like Kill Bill meets The Dirty Dozen meets Cinema Paradiso.”
It doesn’t sound as if this is going to be remotely residing in “history”, which we can surmise will have Jewish advocacy groups up in arms.? I suppose when you play in this type of sandbox there are going to be older kids pissing in your pot.
Over at Latino Review, El Mayimbe (who is the expert when it comes to early script reviews) has a few more details about the plot, but it’s his overall reaction to the script which gets us twitching.
If you took the bad guy swagger of RESERVOIR DOGS, the uber coolness and structure of PULP FICTION, throw in the revenge angle of KILL BILL, set it in World War II ? you get INGLORIOUS BASTERDS [sic].
Tarantino apparently didn’t have spell check on his computer or his constant misspelling of bastards was intentional.? Either way, El Mayimbe admits this is one of the best things he’s read all year.? High praise indeed.
It’s no secret that Tarantino wants to have this thing shooting in October and ready to premiere at Cannes 2009.? Whether or not he can pull that off, we’ll have to wait and see.? It’s just refreshing that his long gestating picture is going to be maid.
Your move Axl Rose.