My friend Sonic Charmer sent this comment over to me in an email a little earlier today. I thought I'd post it in light of all the other commentary thus far. (I was going to see it tonight, but I cracked a tooth, and I'm not in a very good mood right now):
I think we had talked briefly about Inglorious Basterds and that you were looking forward to see it. (more so than I, in fact)
Do. It is fucking awesome. I think you will like it (if you haven't already seen it of course).
Actually I was almost crying at the end (not really but there was welling). It was mind-blowing.
I had this, like, 68 year old Jewish couple sitting next to me. In fact, the theater was packed with older gray-haired couples. And this old dude, who was hacking up phlegm half the movie, he and his wife were cheering and going "woo yeah!" at the climactic Nazi-blowing-up scene.
Just unbelievable. Quentin Tarantino did that. I don't even know what else to say about it.
To me the only way to illustrate it is that it's like Tarantino's "Star Wars". That's the vibe I got from it. I can't even explain why except in little tidbits (like, Star Wars rewrote history too, in a sense; Tarantino's bad-guy entries are reminiscent of Darth Vader, etc). But it's also obviously got bits and chunks of every other cool movie.
I just wanted to get on the record as seeing a Star Wars connection. You know, in case that catches on in Film Schools or something. Then I could possibly be the first to have said it.