Inglourious Basterds (2009)

I’ve turned in my my thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds for publication at Image.

They’re included in “Volume Two” of my commentary on Tarantino’s work and style. You can read Volume One here.

Last week, I was glad to post a more thorough review of the film by guest reviewer Ryan Holt.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • closerlooker


    Just read this:

    That will probably give you a sense of what excites Mr. Tarantino.

  • David Roark


    Have you watched Inglourious Basterds again since your review in October? If so, have your thoughts changed at all? I really enjoyed your review and commentary on Daniel Mendelsohn’s article.

    I thought the film was great, but like you, I have definitely had some problems with it.

    With that said, after talking with friends, it seems that a lot of people have trouble with the revenge theme. The individuals I talked to all felt sympathy for the Nazis, as well as myself.

    Tarantino, however, seems to be the person to question. Has he commented on the theme at all? Is he embracing revenge? It seems so, but I’d really like to know…

  • David Kennedy

    Thanks for revisiting this – I really thought your Image posts added something to the IB conversation. Regardless of what one thinks of the film, I think it’s safe to say that QT has spawned the most robust film debate we’ve seen in a while. Your point about QT keeping his mouth shut is probably spot-on (though I do love to hear him go on and on). In his shorter interviews, he tries to dismiss the subtext of his films, but once he gets started, it’s clear he probably attributes MORE subtext to them than is actually there.

    BTW, the DVD/Blu-ray release has just been announced for December 15.