“Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France…” someone got the fuck beaten, stabbed, or shot out of them. At least that’s what these badass new posters for Tarantino’s next blood soaked romp Inglourious Basterds tells us. It sure looks like it’s a bad time to be a Nazi, though I guess, in fairness, I can’t really think of a time it wasn’t. But now, thanks to our American poster boy for crazy campy violence, being one just got a whole hell of a lot more detrimental to one’s physical well-being. Am I the only one that just can’t imagine Neal Schweiber whippin’ anyone’s ass, let alone brutally torturing and scalping Nazi soldiers?
As I’ve said before, I just can’t figure out how I feel about this film. On one hand, Tarantino knows how to deliver a fun, expletive-filled good time with plenty of laughs and reasons to high-five your neighbor. On the other hand, as much as I enjoyed Kill Bill, Tarantino just hasn’t been able to capture the spirit of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction in any of his films since. It really feels like Tarantino fans have been secretly holding their breath for the last fifteen years just waiting for him to give them another reason to argue his importance in the world of contemporary film. Who knows? Maybe Inglourious Basterds will throw Tarantino’s name back into the Relevance Hat (I don’t know why, but the image of Aretha Franklin’s hat at the inauguration just popped into my mind). I guess we will just have to wait until Cannes and find out.
Spoiler Alert: I have my fingers, toes, and ears crossed hoping it kicks major ass.
Inglourious Basterds hits theaters on August 21, 2009. Check out three new posters below, courtesy of Empire.