By Kyle | August 14, 2009
Quentin Tarantino pops up in today’s Wall Street Journal to argue, “When I started I was working in the vein of ‘The Dirty Dozen’ or ‘The Devil’s Brigade.’ But now watching the completed film with audiences, I don’t think there has ever been a World War II movie like it. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your taste, but it’s definitely a thing.” True: portions of the movie are pure Sergio Leone, the long tracking shots that take us from room to room remind me of Brian DePalma work, the very funny sequence with Mike Myers as a British general is derived from light British let’s-go-give-the-Fuhrer-a-biffing-shall-we? adventures. The jump from style to style is not nearly as forced or awkward or story-strangling as it was in the Kill Bill movies, particularly part I. And several scenes in the movie are among the best of the year, notably the opener in a French farmhouse, the scene in the basement bar that brings together, shall we say, individuals of many nationalities, and of course the grand climax. The first time I saw the film, a roomful of critics burst into applause at the end. That happens rarely.