While watching this, I thought: This feels like cinema. Although it's not terribly original, it IS cinema.
Then I thought: I can't believe I'm watching real cinema (with subtitles, long dialog scenes, and brutal violence) in a packed multiplex cinema. In a conservative California beach community.
The trailer totally misrepresents the film, so don't let it put you off.
It's a really solid, old-fashioned war drama with romance, action, suspense, and Lucio Fulci-level gore (scalpings). It's derivative, as is par for the course with Tarantino, but it did grab me.
It reminded me of Paul Verhoeven's exceptional Black Book ('06), another tightly structured WWII pic.
There are some surprises, and you walk away believing that cinema has not been murdered by Michael Bay-style video game offshoots.
I was very happy to hear that it was the weekend's biggest box office success.
There may not be A God, but there is definitely Hope out there.
It's refreshing to see a film by a guy who gives a flying fuck about good writing. Even if he does steal an awful lot.