Tarantino’s “Basterds” surprisingly tame war movie

 

History will not repeat itself for Quentin Tarantino.

While his "Pulp Fiction" arrived late at the Cannes Film Festival and swept away the Palme d'Or in 1994, his World War II action movie "Inglourious Basterds" merely continues the string of disappointments in this year's competition.

The film is by no means terrible -- its two hours and 32 minutes running time races by -- but those things we think of as being Tarantino-esque, the long stretches of wickedly funny dialogue, the humor in the violence and outsized characters strutting across the screen, are largely missing.

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