Before I start my review I want to just say that this is quite a long and quite a complicated film with lots and lots of different characters and it would take far too long and be very confusing to go into them all and explain them, so this review will simply be my opinion of the film rather than me trying to explain the plot too much.
I saw this film about a year ago for the very first time when it was first shown on television. The name just didn't appeal to me and I was expecting it to be completely different to what it actually is about. The beginning of the film has a LOT of dialogue and most of it is subtitled, which put me off and I got bored after about 5 minutes but it doesn't take too long for the action to start!
The plot is quite a complex one and hard to describe in writing. The film is set in Nazi germany and follows a group of men (the Basterds) who want to kill Hitler and the other Nazis. A woman (a British spy) also comes into the equation after some time and joins the Basterds. There is also a German girl who hates the nazis for what they did to her family and wants revenge. She owns a cinema and with her boyfriends help plans to kill the Nazis at a film opening.
The film is mainly dialogue but it has some action in it and lots of gun fights and a little torture thrown in there too. I have to say that I found the baseball bat scene a bit too graphic and I had to keep reminding myself it wasn't real so that I didn't feel too sick! The story is very gripping and the characters who are trying to bring down the nazis despite being vicious in their own different ways are actually very likeable, especially the character played by Brad Pitt who is the leader of the Basterds.
I'm going to sound horrible but one of my favourite characters was actually one of the baddies, he just had a dark comedic side to him! The acting is really good and I like how the film kept me on the edge of my seat through most of it. At times I felt it was slightly predictable but not so much so that it was silly. Like I said its a very long film and it is one of those films that if you miss 10-20 minutes of you really will struggle to work out what is happening and who is who. It is a bit slow at times but soon gets moving again.
I really like this film and I've watched it twice, I recommend it.
I had put off watching Inglourious Basterds for quite a while as it looked like a Historical war film which is totally not my thing and I just wasn't keen on watching it at all, but my boyfriend persuaded me to finally watch it the other night since it had apparently been received really well and was supposedly one of Quentin Tarantino's best films to date.
The film is set in France during World War II when the country was heavily occupied by the Nazis who have set upon hunting down Jews and killing them at the orders of their Fuhrer - Hitler. But in France there are also a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" who are intent in stopping the Nazis from killing anymore Jews and putting the fear of god in them by brutally killing any Nazi solider they come across. The film is quite gruesome in many of its scenes and it graphically shows The Basterds scalping the Nazis and killing them in other horrendous ways which made me squeem as some parts, but this just goes to show how far The Basterds are prepared to go to stop the slaughter of Jewish citizens.
A key character throughout the film is Colonel Hans Landa who is nicknamed "The Hangman", he is probably one of the worst Nazis of all and has killed many Jewish families and children, so you quickly despise his character from the beginning and go on the journey with The Basters hoping that they will succeed in putting the Nazis in their place and stopping what they are so mercilessly doing. Mind you I do have to say that Colonel Hans Landa, who was played by Christoph Waltz, looked a lot like the character Uncle bryn from the TV show 'Gavin & Stacey' which took the seriousness away for me a little bit! But there were sprinkles of humour here and there anyway throughout the film, which I think it needed really as it is such a morbid subject to make a film about that without the occasional humour it might have been quite depressing to watch.
The Basterds eventually come up with a cunning plan which will not only put a stop to the Jewish killings, but will also end the War all together. A Film Premiere is scheduled to occur at a small local cinema which is being run by a Jewish woman Shosanna Dreyfus who is pretending to be a non-Jew who innocently inherited the cinema from a deceased Aunt. But the reality is that the much hated Colonel Hans Landa murdered all of her family and she is seeking revenge just as much as The Basterds, so they make a perfect team for getting together and giving the Nazis what they deserve and planning something meaningful to happen at the Premiere. Shosanna is played by Melanie Laurent who's performance was excellent and she really managed to get the viewer on her side in my opinion which had me sucked into this film even more. Also helping put together the cunning plot was the very famous and glamorous Bridget Von Hammersmark played by Diane Kruger, she is a key opponent in the plan since she is the famous figure that will enable The Basterds to gain access into the Premiere.
What they all plan is very exciting and I was willing their plan to work which meant I couldn't wait to get to the end of the film to see what would eventually happen at the Film Premiere and to see whether they would succeed or not. Very exciting stuff!
Now the few niggles I have about the film first of all is Brad Pitt. He plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine who is pretty much "leader" of The Basterds. Normally I think Brad is an outstanding actor with very versatile capability to pull off any role he is given. But throughout this movie he made me cringe with his performace, I felt as though his acting was spoiling the movie as for me it just seemed so amateur and his attempt at his characters accent was awful. Then aside from that, I have to mention the length of the film which is almost 3 hours long! All of the scenes in the movie were very long, much longer than that of any other film I've scene, I was surprised actually at how well each lenghty scene managed to hold my attention as normally I would bore very quickly. But they did keep me interested quite well. Having said that it did take an awfully long time to get to the climax of the film and 3 Hours is just too much for me, I was shattered by the end of it!
I would also like to say that although a lot of the film is in subtitles as the characters speak in German or French a lot of the time I still really enjoyed it. I normally HATE watching foreign movies for the fact of having to constantly concentrate on the the subtitles instead of watching what is actually going on in the film, but with this movie I was still able to follow the plot really well and didn't feel I'd missed a thing.
All in all, an impressive movie but I have to rate it down 1 Star for the sheer length of it and for Brad Pitt's embarrasing performance.
Review on Inglourious Basterds (Film only)
Inglourious Basterds is a Quentin Tarantino anti-Nazi film and is set in Nazi occupied France during the Second World War. The film is typical Tarantino as it features gratuitous and horrific violence as well as some acting which is over the top - but more on that later. The prominent star of the film is Brad Pitt whose performance on the one hand is almost captivating and yet on the other hand rather weak and bland. Suffice to say that this is a strange movie and whilst it is not altogether brilliant it does have something which is I suppose the word would be intriguing.
The film starts with the credits and music which is a strange start made all the more strange by the opening which is like a novel in that it says Chapter One. The story by the way is organised in chapters. The screen then says Once upon a time (pause) then in says in Nazi occupied France (pause) 1941. This start immediately sets a strange tone to the film which is lost in the opening chapter thankfully only to be later found again unfortunately in the later succeeding chapter and in all the chapters after that.
A proper plot synopsis now
The Inglourious Basterds are led by a Tennessee Lieutenant Aldo Raine and are a band of men who aim to kill without mercy as many Nazis as they possibly can. When escapee Jew Shosanna is romantically pursued by a German soldier Frederick Zoller the paths of the Inglourious Basterds and a revenge driven Jew collide with devastating consequences. Frederick Zoller persuades the nazi high command to host a propaganda film at Shosanna's cinema and this is where the opportunity arises for both Shosanna and the Inglourious Basterds to kill the Nazi high command and end the Second World War.
The film reminds me in places of Reservoir Dogs which is so far the only other Tarantino film I remember seeing. There is the characteristic brutality, however this is not too overbearing, although there is always a tension surrounding violence. Indeed, the whole plot is based around murdering the German high command so it is no wonder that this is the case. Though this film is not one of Tarantino' best for me.
There are several distinct and different reasons for this. Firstly, I felt that the scenes were overstretched and the narrative of the story was a little laboured. Secondly, I felt that the accents were a bit hit and miss and that they changed at times, but this may just be me as the acting was widely acknowledged as good as evidenced by the awards received - more on that at the end. I also felt that the music was over the top, however I see that this may be part of the appeal to some people. The whole film is in fact over the top so it is little wonder that the music is indeed similarly over bearing in places.
The film does however create suspense well towards the end as the plot races towards its climax and the net closes in around the protagonists. This suspense was not always made so effectively earlier in the story, a notable exception to this being at the very start in the farmhouse. I was say no more about that as I am aware I have given away perhaps a lot of the plot already.
My Overall Reaction
I was not a huge fan of this film but then again I am not a huge Tarantino fan. From many of the other reviews I have seen it would appear that this film is generally well liked and it did well at various film awards. I would watch the film again though, but only if I had to. It seemed to me to be too over the top and lacking quality star performances. It never felt too professional; again perhaps part of the appeal to others and it seemed a little strung-out for me.
Generally well rated and regarded.
Crtics on Tomatometer gave it 88%
The Audience on tomatometer gave the film 87%
2010 - Oscar - Christoph Waltz - Best performance of an actor in a supporting role
He also won a Bafta in 2010 for supporting actor
2010 -Oscar Nominated 7 times - Examples of which are: Best achievement in Directing and Best achievement in Cinematography.
However, Peter Bradshaw who reviewed the film for the Guardian rated it 1/5. Amongst his criticism were that the dialogue was dull. I would perhaps agree with that to an extent but not entirely. He also said that Brad Pitt delivered a charmless performance. I do not agree that the performance was charmless as such but I would say the performance was not as good as I would have expected.
My overall rating would be 2.5/5
Release Date 19 August 2009
Run Time 153 minutes
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
Brad Pitt - Lt Aldo Raine
Melanie Laurant - Shosanna
Christoph Waltz - Col. Hans Landa
Diane Kruger - Bridget von Hammersmark
Inglorious Basterds is a 2009 film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, it is set in 1944 and covers a fictional plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler by two seperate anti-German groups in Paris. The film is set in what you could call alternate history, in which the practices of the Germans against the Jews has created a group of black ops American soldiers who travel in and around France eliminating Germans. They are the Inglorious Basters of the title and are led by Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who becomes known as the Bear Jew.
The other group is a girl who survived the massacre of her family and now runs a cinema in Paris, she is young, blond and beautiful and hates the Nazi's. Shosanna's family were killed whilst hiding in a farmhouse by the SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christopher Walz), she then flees to her distant families cinema in Paris. Joseph Geobbels decides to premier his latest Nazi propaganda film at her cinema and as Caesar would say the Die is cast. The British learning of the premier send in the Basterds who arrange to meet a famous German actress at a bar in Paris, Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) is a double agent for the British.
The films cast are now assembled and what happens from this point on is pure fictional history.
So what do we get from Quentin Tarantino when he steps into the world of classic war film genre, well as with all his films the scenes are heavy on dialogue and on character development. He uses little or no music and tends to film scenes from one angle until suddenly switching completely to another camera and therefore revealing another previously unseen character in the scene. This is perfectly shown by the gun fight in the bar with three of the Basterds and a Gestapo officer, the men are having a good time until one of the Germans notices one of the Basterds slightly odd German accent. Switching over to another camera we see a man in a black uniform with a swastika on the cuffs, classic Gestapo get up.
The casting of the film is yet another Tarantino piece of perfection, Pitt is the perfect square jawed all American hero, with a bit of the Indian in him apparently. Kruger is perfect as the beautiful German actress, Melanie Laureen as Shosanna but the truw star of the film is Christopher Walz as the all seeing all encompassing SS officer Landa. As with many Tarantino films the main piece of character acting comes from one of the slightly peripheral characters, Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction comes to mind. In this film, Walz steals the film as the slightly effeminate, machievelian kingpin of the film. My favourite lines in the films are when Pitt and two others try to pass themselves off as Italian at the premier and Landa in full flow in German slips without any problem into Italian as he knows that the three men in front of him have little Italian.
The script is heavy on character development, plenty of wit and irony and of course a huge dose of atmosphere and deliberate humour. I particularly loved the undercover British Basterd being unearthed and slipping into the most upper of upper class English accents.
This film is a gem, Tarantino back to his best, brilliant acting, a superb ending and a brilliance pastiche of the usual war film genre.
"Inglorious Basterds?" people repeat after they double take at the film you just mentioned.
The fabulous latest addition to my Quentin Tarantino film pile.
Two stories based in France during the Nazi inhabited period. As such it's a World War II based film. These two stories run alongside each other but never actually collide until the, shall we say, 'grand finalé'? The two stories go so hand-in-hand you cannot tell that the two barely cross over. You think it's all one big story. But it's not, all the characters are part of one big story.
The Basterds themselves are a group of Jewish-American soldiers, only later to increase their numbers by multiple German-Jewish soldiers with vengeance fueled only by the hate towards Nazis.
The story starts with a Pierre, a dairy farmer with three daughters minding his own business, who is approached on his dairy farm by Col. Hans Landa following up a previous investigation sixth months prior about a missing Jewish family amongst the dairy farmers; the Dreyfus family. When the Col arrives he requests a word with Pierre, has a drink and asks him if he minds his daughters standing outside whilst they talk alone. You can sense some awkwardness on Pierre's part but you think it is just because he is in the presence of a Nazi soldier proudly boasting about his French dubbed name 'The Jew Hunter', but you'd be wrong. Following a very intriguing conversation about comparing the mind of a Jew on the run to a rat the Col gives him one last chance to admit that he is hiding Jews and assures him anyone found hiding Jews will not be punished but rewarded, by being able to live in peace and won't be bothered by German soldiers any longer. Pierre has no other choice but to point out tearfully where under his floorboards they're hiding, having no idea they've been discovered as the conversation was conducted in English and they only speak French...
The soldiers enter, shoot the floor repeatedly but something is shuffling and scurrying with much haste under the floor - Shosanna has survived, scrambled on her hands and knees to the opening at the side of the house and started to run for her life across the fields caked in mud the splattered blood of her family and tears rolling down her face. Unfortunately the Col doesn't get to shoot her he just watches her running off, grins and shouts "AU REVOIR SHOSANNA!"
Now, if you speak French as I imagine some of you do, "au revoir" doesn't bluntly mean "goodbye" in French, it means "to see again". This is where the story starts.
The following chapters (as the film is conducted in chapters) shows you the how the Basterds operate. By shooting groups of Nazis and beating the remaining ones to death with a club if they refuse to give information. The ones who do give information have a swastika carved into their forehead (and almost their skull), so everyone after the war knows they were a Nazi even if they claim to not be anymore.
As the story unfolds you see that Shosanna, now known as Emmanuelle, operates a cinema that her Aunt left her before she died of a fever the previous year. A Nazi soldier approaches her whilst she is cleaning outside and they get talking, or more, he talks to her and she remains quite blunt with her short answers. He then sees her in a cafe a couple of days later and she quite abruptly tells him to stop pestering her, he apologises exclaiming he had no idea he was that annoying. In the following few minutes at the cafe the solider (Frederick Zoller) is approached by a couple of other soldiers and one couple who are quite amazed at his appearance. After Emmanuelle asks him who he actually is he explains he is somewhat of a war hero as he single handedly killed hundreds of enemy soldiers in Italy from a bell tower. Following this Emmanuelle says they make make a film about his exploits and he says Joseph Goebbels already has and it's called "Nation's Pride".
In a couple of days time Emmanuelle finds herself in a restaurant in what can be described as against her will because she was minding her own business at the cinema before being ordered to get into a car with Nazi soldiers and no explanation. She sits at a table with Zoller, Goebbels, his translator and a few other soliders and is told that the premier of Nation's Pride is now being hosted at her cinema and she should make arrangements accordingly.
Her and Marcel hatch a plan to burn down her cinema full of Nazi soldiers on the night, as a bonus, all of the major authority in the war and Hitler himself are attending.
A group of British soldiers form a plot "Operation Kino" with German born actress turned British spy Bridget Von Hammersmark and the Basterds, to blow up the cinema on premier night.
But it can't all go boom without a hitch can it...?
Brad Pitt - Lt Aldo Raine
Mélanie Laurent - Shosanna Dreyfus/Emmanuelle Mimieux
Diane Kruger - Bridget Von Hammersmark
Christoph Waltz - Col Hans Landa
Eli Roth - Sgt Donny Donowitz
Daniel Brühl - Pvt Frederick Zoller
Til Schweiger - Sgt Hugo Stiglitz
Jacky Ido - Marcel
Features include extended and alternate scenes but are not dramatically different to the original film. One has a few extra sentences and a different camera angle. Also included is the full film of 'Nation's Pride' and the film trailers.
Slightly modern songs while-stuff-is-happening and also songs appropriate for the time in the background.
The entire film is conducted equally as much in French, German and English (with a tiny insignificant bit of Italian). Subtitles are as standard for all the German, (Italian) and French spoken parts but you can put English subtitles on for the whole of the film as well.
A fabulous film, it was unbelievable. Some people describe it as typical Tarantino but I respectfully disagree. It is a very believable story line without anything too far fetched. The acting is incredible, the feeling in everything they do makes it even more realistic. This replaces the Kill Bill series as my favourite film.
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 27 minutes approx
CERT: 18 (bloody violence and language but no nudity (one slightly humorous sex reference))
Available to listen to in Hungarian and English. Available to read subtitles in English, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish.
Can be bought from Tesco, Asda and the like from about £3+ which is where I purchased mine and is available for Amazon currently at £5.49 brand new.
Inglorious Basterds is a Quentin Tarantino remake of the original which was released many years ago. I never saw the original but have fallen in love with this amazing remake. As with all of Tarantino's films there is an element of...oddness is the word that comes to mind. I can never put my finger on exactly what is odd with his films but whatever it is defiantly works.
The film is split into sections or chapters, each with main characters that ultimately all link together in an explosive ending.
The films primary plot is focused around the Basterds, a group of American Jewish soldiers who un-officially roam Nazi Germany hunting and killing Nazi soldiers. The group is led by Brad Pitt. Initially I was sceptical about how Pitt would cope with a role such as this but I was pleasantly surprised, and now it is one of my favourite characters/actors in any film I have seen.
There is an evil German soldier who is known as the Jew Hunter. The Hunter has the job of hunting down and killing any Jews that have hidden in France. The actor is amazing and the opening scene of the film is one of the most tense yet amazing opening scenes I have ever seen.
The final main character is a young French woman who is the owner and operator of a French cinema. The woman has a past with the Jew Hunter and decides to take it upon herself to seek revenge.
The main story line of the film focuses around several plots to kill the German high command. I wont say any more as I do not want to give anything away.
It must be noted that the film is not historically correct and everything in it is pure fiction (however I have no doubt the groups such as the Basterds actually did operate 'off the record' during the war).
The acting in the film is the best I have seen in a long time. It is perfectly cast and beautifully filmed. Tarantino has truly out done himself on this occasion. The film is rated 18 and is quite violent but I felt the violence was within the realms of appropriate considering the topic of the film. It could be seen as being tame in comparison to Tarantino's other works.
Defiantly a must see movie!!
This film is rewarding viewing and although it does contain violent scenes that you may associate with Tarantino, they are not gratuitous and do add resonance to the story. The film is split into chapters and begins with a spot check on a dairy farmer's home by Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). This segment is ecruciatingly tense as Landa tightens the screw on the farmer to try and reveal if he is sheltering a Jewish family, the Dreyfuses. Without giving too much away one of the daughters, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent),just escapes and flees to Paris where she assumes a new identity as the proprietor and operator of a cinema.
The next chapter cuts to lieuteneant Aldo Raine (Brad pitt) rallying a select group of Jewish soldiers in order to exact revenge on Nazi soldiers. This group is known by the Nazis as 'the Basterds'. They are as ruthless as their enemies as they are encouraged to scalp their victims which in turn gives them another nickname of 'the apaches'. Among their number is the 'Bear-Jew' a hulking colossus of a man who clubs Nazi soldiers to death. In one of the most Taratinoesque secenes he is heard tapping his club within the recesses of a dark cave while Raine attempts to elicit intelligence information from a Nazi officer who will not oblige, thus suffering the grisly, or grizzly, consequences!
The Basterds then join German actress/double agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) in a plot to infiltrate enemy lines and topple the heads of the Third Reich. The initial plans go awry and the actress is sniffed out by the fastidious Colonel Landa, with tragic consequences.
The plot is driven towards a plan, or rather two plans, to execute the Third Reich Leaders.The trouble is that Aldo Raine and his squad has one plan and Shosanna Dreyfus has another, parallel,one but neither party is conscious of the other's! The Basterds plan to blow up the cinema while Shosanna is intent on torching the place to the ground with Hitler, Goebbels et al inside. The resulting chaos that ensues is easy to imagine but the ending is at least 'satisfying' for want of a better word.
Tarantino has made a film here that is worth dropping prejudices to see. He has not done himself any favours in stereotyping himself in to a blood-soaked corner. However, I would urge you disregard this notoriety and watch it as the first twenty minutes alone make for some of the most suspenseful viewing I have seen for some time. The characters are well realised although Pitt's Aldo Raine is a tad over the top, particularly his attempt at going incognito as an Italian with his thick Tennessee drawl surfacing like a sledgehammer! No doubt this fulfils the director's need for the absurd. In my opinion Christophe Waltz takes the plaudits as Hans Landa with his sinister omnipresence as the truly skin-crawl inducing 'Jew Hunter'.
Something worth noting is that there is a heavy use of subtitles throughout which may not be for everyone. It is great for students of French and German but adds the need for that bit of extra concentration.I personally feel that they do lend an air of necessary authenticity. Furthermore, it would be a shame to avoid Inglourious Basterds just on the basis of this 'inconvenience' as the viewing experience is ultimately rewarding.
1944 in an alternative history; and two plots are set in motion to kill the high ranking members of the Nazi party as they attend the premier of Joseph Goebbels' latest propaganda feature, "Nation's Pride", in occupied France. One plan is orchestrated by a ragtag bunch of Jewish-American soldiers, chosen for their killing expertise and led by First Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and known as the "Basterds". Designed to inspire fear behind enemy lines, they ambush Nazi units in occupied territory and kill all bar one. Raine demands a hundred physical Nazi scalps off each of his eight soldiers. The remaining survivor is left with a swastika cut into his forehead. They plan to blow up the cinema.
Meanwhile Shosanna Dreyfuss (Mélanie Laurent) is the lone survivor of a Jewish French family hunted down and killed by the soldiers of SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), and now assumes a new identity running a small French cinema. By chance she meets Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl), a German sniper "Nation's Pride" is based on and who also stars as himself in the picture. Taking a fancy to Dreyfuss, he convinces Goebbels to premier the film as the small cinema. Seeing an open opportunity to gain revenge, Dreyfuss plans to set fire to the flammable projector film and burn the cinema to the ground with all the high ranking Nazi party members. However, there are some surprise guests - Adolph Hitler and Hans Landa...
Closer examination by the more literate of film-watchers will note the curious misspelling of the film's two title words. This is in spite of the fact that the title is copied from the 1978 "macaroni combat" film, "The I)nglorious Bastards". However, for affectianos of the brand this is typical Tarantino eccentricity. It is just typical of him to misspell the title of a B movie and name this particular picture his masterpiece. So far, box office returns would indicate that the pride Tarantino feels for the picture is shared by the general public - it is his highest grossing picture to date and has won a lot of critical acclaim.
Tarantino is a curious example of the auteur filmmaker. He courts mainstream, arthouse and cult appeal in equal quantities, never really fitting into any of the usual categories. He regularly divides opinions too - to the extent that you find few people occupying the middle ground. You either like (I won't say "get" as it is insulting and a phrase frequently touted by the more pretentious members of the Woody Allen and David Lynch fan clubs) or you don't like his work. He is perhaps the most self-indulgent mainstream director since Ken Russell. Like Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi he is unashamed about his passions, never talks down to his inspirations - as cynically executed as they might have been at the time - and understands how to convey his love to a wider audience. It is these qualities that often allow me to cut him some slack.
I can well believe that this is the movie he was building up for, as it contains all his typical trademarks yet somehow distilled and presented in a more reserved manner. It feels like the hugely zealous ex-video rental clerk has matured as a filmmaker. The film is divided up into chapters, but this is not the non-sequential fun he had in "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill" rather a simple device to set the whole picture out like a play. The trademark frivolous and playful conversations are in place. However, this time Tarantino really does play with language, making a good proportion of the film is subtitled. The movie's main antagonist turns out to be an expert linguist, which somehow assists his understanding of human nature, culture and intent. Language and culture become reoccurring themes throughout the picture, perhaps giving us a little more insight into the importance Tarantino places on them.
Tarantino is also known for his eccentric ideas about soundtracks. Like his bizarre humour, where he claims he prompts people to laugh at things that are normally funny, Tarantino often uses unpredictable music choices in surprisingly apt ways. There is a big mixture of musical genres from various sources, including previously used movie soundtracks, folk music and R & B. The most surprising and memorable entry comes from David Bowie's "Putting Out Fire", which he wrote for the 1982 remake of the horror "Cat People". This mixing of genres and observations of customs and languages works both for dramatic and comedic purposes. In the latter instance, Mike Myers has a cameo as a British officer and you cannot but laugh despite him not saying anything memorably funny. Again, it is Tarantino's quirkiness that allows the film to veer from straight drama to mild parody and sensationalist gory violence.
Plot-wise, there is a charismatic main antagonist, strong male and female roles, sharp twists and turns, mellow interludes and a few nods towards previous features. An outstanding one being the one victim left alive policy of the "Basterds". We first saw this in the Tarantino-penned Oliver Stone-directed "Natural Born Killers". The script is also crammed full of other references. For example, Shosanna's surname, Dreyfuss is clearly taken from the French Jewish solider hero who was persecuted, humiliated and imprisoned by his own people on anti-Semitic grounds - only to be exonerated after spending years on Devil's Island.
You will note that despite the film being clearly set in a war film genre and following an orthodox structure, it is clearly far more than what its poster proclaims. It is a Tarantino film through and through. This prevailing auteur-ship can be to the benefit and detriment of the film's cast. Tarantino is known for re-igniting the careers of several actors, but also - like George Lucas, Peter Jackson et al - for making their performances unmemorable due to his films being highly stylized. Perhaps history will prove me wrong, but "Inglourious Basterds" seems to an example of the latter. Everyone does a good job and Brad Pitt is a good leading man, but the only actor that really shines in the whole piece is Christopher Waltz. Given perhaps the best role in the entire movie - a character that seems to be like a chameleon in his knowledge of different cultures, their languages and natures - Waltz plays a perfect villain. He's intelligent, cold and ambitious - just as you imagine a comic book high ranking SS officer to be. However, he also has a charm and a smugness to him that somehow makes him more menacing. Waltz rides the Tarantino rollercoaster with ease comparable to Samuel L Jackson or David Carradine.
A couple of things that you know you can rely on with a Quentin Tarantino film is quirkiness and brilliantly scripted dialogue. On a few occasions, this has stretched throughout the entirety of one of his films, and has made it a right gem. Inglorious Basterds takes a number of different characters, gives them brilliant dialogue, and does that very stretching.
Set in a war torn era and focusing on the Third Reich, Tarantino's script assembles a group of Jewish soldiers and gets them to try and put fear into the very heart of Hitler's inner circle by bumping off high ranking German Nazi Officers. This time, though, they're needed for a bigger job - to help in the death of Hitler and his closest aides as a rare occasion sees them assembled in a relatively public place.
After a lengthy introduction set a few years previously that establishes the pace of the film, and the fact that it's going to revolve around dialogue, we find ourselves in the midst of a really strange plot. We have the Jewish cinema owner hiding her religion, who along with her black assistant is trying to find a way to gain revenge for her family's death at the hands of the SS. Then we have the man responsible for their deaths who is charged with security for Hitler's private showing of a new propaganda film to be shown at the cinema.
Tarantino's second plot line revolves around a secret mission led by the Brits and incorporating the motley crew of Jewish assassin soldiers (the titular Basterds), led by a drawling Yank and incorporating a strange medley of skilled fighters. Their mission is to blow the cinema up with Hitler inside it. The cinema owner's mission is to burn the cinema to the ground along with everyone inside it. Tarantino's mission is to serve this up with lengthy conversation, drawn out pauses, a bit of tension and, of course, some black comedy.
And he achieves this. The conversations featuring Brad Pitt's leader of the Basterds, Aldo Raine, are the funnier ones, with the tension between the SS's Hans Landa (best performance in the film from Christoph Waltz, for me) and cinema owner Shosanna (Melanie Laurent) providing the tension element. The combination of the two, as the plot develops along with it, is matched only by one scene in a basement bar which touches on accents and language and shows the power of the SS. The main point, really, is just how good the script is.
Visually, it's a lovely film to watch when the scenic elements come into play. There is a lot of violence, so it's not for the squeamish, but this is limited to the sort of violence you get from knives and guns as opposed to torturous violence that we have seen in previous Tarantino excursions. Here, it's the combination of everything and the timing and patience he has as a director that make this a joy to watch. It does go on for a while, but you don't really notice how long it is, and by the time it finishes, you realise how preposterous some of it is, yet just how well it all works.
It pokes fun at stereotypes, too, which is something the director has always done. Here, Germans, Americans, Brits, French and Italians all get equal ridiculing, so at least it's inclusive stereotyping! The acting is spot on, with Pitt really warming to a funnier role, and Waltz stealing every scene he's a part of. The support is strong, too, but then, with a strong director calling the shots such as Tarantino, there's no real reason why this shouldn't be the case. I highly recommend this film, and would probably watch it again.
The Second World War saw many Jews being slaughtered and families wiped out. American Lt. Aldo Raine is given the mission of getting a team of ruthless Jewish men together to go behind enemy lines into France and start spreading fear among the troops. Aldo and his team of men are soon working hard and killing members of the Third Reich and not in a normal way but the brutal way of scalping them which is doing the desired job and scaring the troops. The men become known as the 'Basterds'
Elsewhere in France Shosanna Dreyfus is trying to get on with her life and keep safe after she witnessed the SS murder her family a few year previous but things for her are about to change when she meets a 'hero' who decides he wants his film premier to be at her cinema.
Will Shosanna be able to get on with her quiet life or is she now in danger of being remembered and just how much fear can the basterds bring to the German troops and can they succeed in ending the war?
For some reason this film actually appealed to name despite not being overly keen on war films. I think the main appeal was the fact that Brad Pitt had the lead role. Despite this fact I did thoroughly enjoy the film and thought all of the acting was strong and the storyline was excellent. The story was slightly different to other war films I had seen and we did not have all of the front line action but close fighting inside France and more brutal death scenes. The way the dark side of the war was shown with the members of the SS killing the Jews was also good as this is never really shown so much in the films and we just have the usual big battle scenes and for me it was a good insight into what really went on.
Brad Pitt took the lead role of Lt. Aldo Raine and for me he did a great job, one of the things which I was not overly keen on though was is accent. I would have preferred him not to have had such a thick and strong American accent but more of a normal slight one so we could have understood what he was saying slightly better. He did suit the role very well and looked good when in uniform even if it was a German one! He was strong and confident when delivering his lines and made me believe everything he said and I was able to warm to his character and slightly understand why he did what he did but perhaps I would have liked to know a bit more about his background to understand why he felt he needed to be so brutal. He worked well with all of the other actors and there were some good partnerships on screen.
Some of the other main actors included, Melanie Laurent who played Jewish Shosanna and she was a good strong female role who never let anyone or anything get in her way and I am pleased she was shown to be so strong as it worked well with the storyline. Christoph Waltz played another big role and that was of Col. Hans Landa of the SS. He was another ruthless man but did show an intelligent side towards the end of the film. I did not like this character and thought he was at times shown to be a strange and weird man with the way he spoke and acted around people. Other strong actors included, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and Daniel Bruhl.
The way the film was set out was different, it was split into chapters and for me I did not feel that this was needed as there was no big time difference from one chapter to the next and I felt the film could have flown equally as good with out the interruptions of the chapters. There are a lot of subtitles in the film and at first I was slightly put off by these but as the story got going I started to forget about these and just read them as if it was a natural thing. The languages are mainly German and French and as I do not speak these languages I was not able to turn the subtitles off. They are easy to see and do remain of screen just long enough for you to be able to read them without having to rush.
There is a lot of violence in the film and at times I did have to look away as it was very graphic and the effects used on these scenes were excellent. We had a lot of death and scalping and hubby enjoyed these scenes but for me they were stomach turning and I did have to look away but overall I think they were needed to get the man points of the story across. All of the other effects used in the film, not just the ones for the violence were also very good and detailed and fitted in effortlessly into the film. The music was good and suited the film very well.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about. The running time of the film is 153 and this may seem long but once you get into the film then you really do forget about the length. The rate is an 18 and I do certainly agree with this and under no circumstances is this film suitable for anyone younger to be watching. The VD can be bought for around the £7 mark if you shop around.
Overall this film is certainly worthy of a good strong 4 stars. The acting was excellent from all involved and there is lots of action and fighting but could not give it that last star as the accent from brad Pitt was a bit much and some of the scenes were very brutal. This is definitely worth a watch and I may have to now find the original to see if it is just as good.
Many wondered after the much-maligned Deathproof whether Quentin Tarantino had started to lose his touch. It's not that it was a terrible movie, it just didn't quite hit the stratospheric levels of excellence associated with the work of the great director.
We needn't have worried though. His newest piece, Inglourious Basterds, is a truly spectacular return to form.
Set in wartime France, Inglourious Basterds follows the story of a group of Jewish American soldiers on a simple mission-to hunt down and kill as many Nazis as they can.
From the seat-grippingly tense opening scenes to the blood curdlingly violent final sequences, Tarantino takes us on a ride through our emotions. Every base is covered on the way, from the eye wateringly gory to the side splittingly funny, this movie leaves you breathless and itching for more at every turn.
Refreshingly, Tarantino failed to fall into the trap that other recent war films, such as Valkyrie and Defiance, have fallen into and not used English speaking actors for non-English speaking roles. The Germans speak German, the French speak French and so on, just the way it should be. Despite the fact most of the dialogue is read rather than heard, Tarantino's trade mark conversational writing style comes through brilliantly, with every character feeling well developed and real.
Brad Pitt headlines an excellent cast and plays the role of psychotic officer Lt. Aldo Raine to perfection, proving once again why he is regarded by many as Hollywoods hottest property, although the stand out performance comes from Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who will surely will showered with awards for his turn as the suave German 'Jew Hunter' Col. Hans Landa. His characters presence in a scene instantly has you on edge, as he's stalks through France in his attempts to round up the last of the Jews.
Although Inglourious Basterds won't shape a decades worth of cinema in the same way as Tarantino's masterpiece Pulp Fiction did, in years to come when his other works such as Jackie Brown and Kill Bill have started to fade from memory, Inglourious Basterds will still be shining brightly as an example of cinematic brilliance.
The film is based in Nazi occupied France during world war II and opens with a member of the SS, Colonel Hans Landa cruelly interrogating a farmer about a suspected Jewish family he is said to be hiding. Eventually the farmer succumbs and the family in hiding are killed with the exception of Shosanna Dreyfus, a young girl who manages to escape.
The film then jumps three years, here we see an American Lieutenant Aldo Raine with his eight specially chosen Jewish Americans who are later known as the "The Basterds". They have the mission to parachute into the France and kill as many German Nazis as they can to cause panic. They are savage in their methods, killing brutally and only leaving one survivor to torture information out of them. Meanwhile Shosanna, with a new identity runs a small cinema in Paris. A German, Frederick Zoller falls for her and persuades Goebells (the Nazi propaganda minister) to show the new propaganda Nazi film at her cinema. Suddenly Shoshanna sees a perfect opportunity to gain revenge for this murder of her family. The "Basterds" also find out about this film and send in one of their own to infiltrate within the high ranking officers. Of course the plans don't go quite to plan and suddenly everyone realises you never know who to trust.
Shosanna Dreyfus- Played by Melanie Laurent. As I've already stated this is a young girl who escaped the Nazis and eve once successful has an instinct to get revenge upon those who killed her family. Personally I think the role was given well, she plays Shosanna well and you feel as though you can connect well with her and her emotions.
Lieutenant Aldo Rine - Played by Brad Pitt. A strong hearted American man who forms "The Basterds" in order to try help bring down the Nazis. I think Brad Pitt lives up the roll, his acting is brilliant without a doubt in this. Certainly a powerful performance, full of talent.
Colonel Hans Landa - Played by Christoph Waltz. Also known as the Jew Hunter, the cruel SS guard who shamelessly kills so many without a sense of remorse. This performance by Christoph Waltz is fantastic. A stunning display evoking such strong emotions. He manages to build tension and keep the watcher amazed throughout his performances. In my opinion he has done a fantastic job with this one, definitely a great choice of actor to play the Jew Hunter.
I don't usually watch and enjoy these sort of films. However I thought I may as well watch it since we had it on DVD. I must say the plot was actually quite clever and the acting certainly helped in keeping me gripped. Personally I spent a lot of the film feeling quite sad, it isn't a film for the faint hearted. However the heaviness of the story line is somewhat combated by some of the light hearted speeches and witty scenes. The film was different to most scenes I have seen due to the fact the characters spoke the language where they were from, this mix of French, German and English results in the watcher having to read subtitles for quite a lot of the film, however I don't feel as though this was a problem.
This film isn't one of those light hearted films where you don't really need to watch thus having to read subtitles doesn't impact the overall quality. The music which went with this film was great. I felt like it had been carefully selected and really emphasised the mood. Finally the violence, I felt like this was very realistic and graphic. There isn't a ridiculous amount of violence throughout the film and it somewhat builds to the final scenes. I personally agree with the 18 rating due to the graphic violence at the end which at times I found quite horrible. Overall I thought the story line was good, lthough not historically accurate, it was well acted. However there were times when I personally thought the film could have moved a little faster and I didn't enjoy all the violence as I thought it was a little too gruesome for me.
Price - £9.99 - available on a variety of sites such as play and amazon.
Classification - 18
- Discussion with the producer and Brad Pitt - admittedly I didn't enjoy this very much, but for those particularly interested might be worth a watch.
- The original film is also covered in the extras. This was quite interesting, I didn't realise bfore watching the extras it had been out before.
- Nation's Pride - the film which is shown within the film can be watched in full in the extras. I found this very interesting and definitely would recommend this.
- There are also extended and alternate scenes which could be quite intresting to fans, I personally thought the DVD was enough.
- Trailers from both the UK and abroad.
Thank you for reading.
This movie is simply brilliant, it's funny, it's emotional, it's tense, it's clever, it's well acted and it's definitely worth a watch! I began with the view that I'd hate this, I usually don't get along with history style movies since I am easily bored, but this blew me out of the water- totally not what I was expecting. Brad Pitt shows again that he really is a diverse actor who doesn't solely rely on his looks and it's a refreshing attitude. This movie is done very well and is all round pleasing- there is enough variety in it to keep anyone entertained and it really stands out from the bunch. It's different, yet clever and is one of the few movies of a mass of productions which actually deserves to be watched and enjoyed as movies should.
I was pleasantly surprised and I think you will be too, so I'd say go give this a try!
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Quentin Tarantino turns his idiosyncratic eye to World War II for his latest film. As a result of the time period, his usual pop culture ladened dialogue has to be put on the back burner - this doesn't mean this film isn't still crammed with memorable dialogue, far from it, and he still manages to get his characters to give their views on German cinema of the time! A particular highlight is one character's reason for hating Jews equating to his hatred for rats - not a view I share obviously, but still delivered eloquently.
The title is slightly misleading, since only half the film is about Brad Pitt's (obviously enjoying himself as the hillbilly Aldo Rain) Basterds - this playing with the audience's expectations works well to provide what is an often unpredictable film. My favourite types of films are those that keep me guessing, and definitely does so. The other half deals with a Jewish girl's quest for revenge against the Nazis and it's during these scenes that Tarantino allows his love for all things cinema to truly come out since she owns a picture house, with characters regularly discussing French and German cinema of the time and he even gives us a lesson in using a projector! These two stories do eventually cross over, but again not in the totally expected manner. It's not a film to be taken seriously, in fact it's often totally ridiculous when taking liberties with the fate of certain historical figures, but it's not meant to be a history lesson, it's meant to be a thoroughly entertaining film - which it is.
The only character who runs through both stories is Chrisophe Waltz' Coronel Lander, and if there was better scenery chewing villainy in a film last year then I missed it. You could even say he's the star of the film since he gets the most screen time, but everyone involved brings their characters to life. Only downsides are Eli Roth's whiney voice and Mike Myers seems to think he's still in an out and out comedy in a misjudged bit of casting.
There have been accusations levelled at the film of over-indulgence by Tarantino, and to certain degree that is the case - but when a film is as enjoyable as this you don't mind some scenes taking longer than necessary.
Ridiculous and brilliant in equal measure, this is quite possibly Tarantino's best film to date - but be warned, it's also his most violent!
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Category: 2009 war film
Release date: August 19, 2009
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Running time: 2hrs 27minutes
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Rating: 18 (Contains strong bloody violence)
Distribution: Universal Pictures and the Weinstein Company.
Soundtrack: Available on Warner Brother's records
Screen: Widescreen 2.40:1 Anamorphic
Languages: English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Hungarian
Subtitles: English for the hearing impaired; Arabic; Danish; Finnish; Hungarian; Icelandic; Norwegian; Swedish.
Region: Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
A BASTERDS WORK IS NEVER DONE
Writer and director Quentin Tarantino of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill fame, claims this to be his ultimate masterpiece, a script that took nearly a decade to write, and one that kept expanded until perfected. Quizzed over the titles misspelling he announced it's the Tarantino way of spelling, stating that's just the way you say it...
MARVIN/ BORGNINE/ SAVALAS/ BRONSON & CO
Brad Pitt leads the band of brothers as Lt. Aldo Raine, a typically brash American whose no holds barred attitude is clearly apparent from the start. His lack of respect and pure hatred of the Nazi's cannot be waivered. The Basterds include the notorious "Bear Jew" Sgt Donny Donowitz played by Eli Roth (Hostel/ Cabin Fever) a baseball swinging menacing muscled figure. Sgt Hugo Stiglitz, a psychotic ex German military man played by Til Schweiger (Lara Croft/ King Arthur) whose infamous for his brutal and sadistic tenure. Undercover agent and perfect marksman Cpl Wilhelm Wicki played by Gedeon Burkhard, a Jew who left Austria, fleeing to the US before Nazi invasion. An English soldier who goes undercover as Lt. Archie Hicox played by Michal Fassbender, chosen for his German knowledge. Smart ass Pfc Smithson Utvich played by B.J Novak notoriously known by the enemy as "Little Man" gears up as Lt Raine's right hand man. Embroiled in the Basterds mission is popular Beautiful German actress Bridget Von Hammersmark played by Diane Kruger (Troy/ National Treasure) who secretly works against the Nazi's. Forming her own mission on the Nazi high commands downfall is a young French Jewish woman Shosanna Dreyfus played by Melanie Laurent whose loathing of the Nazi party and in particular Col. Hans Landa played by Christoph Waltz has no bounds. Col. Hans Landa is the star of the show, charming, sadistic and ultimately sly Landa is "The Jew Hunter" and has no morals, and nothing will stand in his way. Lastly we have young German hotshot Pvt. Frederick Zoller played by Daniel Bruhl who has a crush on Dreyfus. Famous for his shooting exploits Zoller is used as Nazi propaganda, as they duly make a film of his so called heroics. Most of the cast are relatively unknowns but they certainly fill their roles well, we have a mixture of allsorts, from the slightly comedic touch, to the brash, sly and imposing figures.
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS IS AN ARTISTIC ENERGETIC SECOND WORLD WAR FANTASY, FOCUSING ON TWO MAIN PROTAGONISTS ONE SEEKING REVENGE, THE OTHER JUSTICE.........
MISSION: BROAD SWORD TO DANNY BOY..
The start of the film is quintessentially Tarantino it's surreal, pedestrian and set into five chapters. "Once Upon a Time" unfolds in Nazi Occupied France, we arrive at a tranquil dairy farm, on a bright summer's day, sadly when SS Colonel Hans Landa swaggers up the green pastures to interrogate owner Perrier LaPadite about harboring a family of Jews the atmosphere changes. The lingering opening scenes are shot perfectly it's edgy, littered with suspense, unimposing, dramatic, chilling, with splatters of humor, what's more is the Clint Eastwood western styled soundtrack played loudly as the moods change. The Jew Hunter is calm, insincere but strangely likeable; ruthless in his objectives, will the rat get the squirrels?
Enter the Dirty Dozen aka The Basterds led by Lt. Raine, a group of eight Jewish American-Austrian soldiers whose main intent is to kill all Nazi's in their path literally taking scalps as they go, with a take no prisoners, barbaric, unmerciful approach. The Basterds are well known by Hitler and their intent is to strike fear on all German personnel. We meet the deadly crew in a comic book style approach with each individual name flashing up on screen with an overview of their nature narrated by Samuel L Jackson. We first meet the bunch of mercenaries after attacking a German Unit! Again the directing gives you a relaxed account even though stakes are at a premium; we get to see the true personalities of the brigade, and more importantly "The Bear Jew" wielding his Baseball Bat!
Meanwhile, we are reintroduced to young French Jewish girl Shosanna, now operating a cinema in Paris under a new identity as Emmanuelle Mimieux. An unassuming Shosanna attracts the attentions of celebrated German soldier Fredrick Zoller, who seems smitten. Zoller's attraction and new found prestige gives him the opportunity to get closer to the submissive Shosanna, but with the aid of Joseph Goebbels, and his propaganda machine Zoller influences him to stage a Nazi Propaganda film "Stolz Der Nation" (Nation's Pride) at her Cinema. Enter the Basterds and German actress Von Hammersmark who infiltrate a plan to attend the premiere and eliminate Hitler. The plot literally thickens as two different acts of espionage are planned! The British and the Basterds arrange to meet Von Hammersmark at a supposedly quiet tavern, things don't go to plan where a Mexican styled stand off takes place but between whom and why? The aftermath has high consequences for both sides; the overlapping western styles soundtrack aids the scenes perfectly.
At the premiere, there are several different plans to be hatched, Shosanna's act of revenge? The Basterds plot to kill the Nazi High command, and the Nazi Propaganda machine to influence the war, with Landa hot on the heels of one hatched plan, and his own personal issues, whom will come out on top? It's an explosive finale, in many ways, but who will survive and what consequences will there be?
The soundtrack uses a mix of music genres, the most infamous David Bowie's theme from the 1982 film "Cat People" it also samples R&B, Folk Ballad's and Spaghetti Western. Another of the more familiar tunes is the opening theme, taken from the folk ballad "The Green Leaves of Summer", composed by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster for the opening of the 1960 film, The Alamo. This is the first of Tarantino's soundtracks that does not include dialogue excerpts from the film. The soundtrack was released on August 18, 2009. Tarantino used eight tracks composed by Ennio Morricone, who he originally wanted to compose the whole soundtrack for the film.
AWARDS & CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Inglourious Basterds earned various awards and nominations, in categories ranging from recognition of the screenplay to its direction and editing to the cast's acting performance, particularly Christoph Waltz's portrayal of the film's antagonist, Col. Hans Landa. Inglourious Basterds received four nominations at the 67th Golden Globe Awards ceremony and came away with the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. At the Academy Awards it received eight nominations; the ceremony saw Waltz win for Best Supporting Actor. The film was nominated for six awards at the 63rd British Academy Film Awards, winning the Best Supporting Actor award. The film won two awards at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
On its US release the film earned $14.3 million dollars, weekend sales soaring to a gross of $38 million, becoming Quentin Tarantino's most succesful opening weekend film to date, and also becoming his highest grossing film ever.
Critics largely lauded the film a success "A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining" Others more susceptible to the histrionics were less so impressed claiming "Tarantino gets lost in a fictional World War II" disturbed by the portrayal of Jewish-American soldiers mimicking German atrocities done to European Jews, stating, "In Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino indulges this taste for vengeful violence by--well, by turning Jews into Nazis" Obviously the film was met with further criticism from the Jewish press, claiming the film lacked any moral depth, or subtle understanding of the delicate subject matter. However that all said the film is an alternate to reality where morality should not really be such an issue.
Extended and Alternate scenes
* Lunch with Goebbels - Extended Version (7 mins)
* La Lousianne Card Game - Extended Version (2 mins)
* Nation's Pride Begins - Alternate Version (2 mins)
Nation's Pride - Experience the full "film within a film"
* Nation's Pride - Full Feature (6 mins)
Inglourious Basterds Trailers
* Teaser (1:43)
* Domestic Trailer (2:21)
* International Trailer (2:07)
* Japanese Trailer (1:15)
The DVD extras are fairly limited on the one disc edition, but without giving much away they are worth a watch, the two-disc special edition includes discussions with cast and crew, the making of nation's pride, a salute to the original 1978 version of the movie, and an interview with the legendary Rod Taylor, who plays Hitler. The Blu-ray edition apparently has a whole host or worthwhile extras.
OPERATION ABORT or MISSION SUCCESS??
Inglourious Basterds aims to re-write the history books, in this dirty dozen styled fantasia! It's certainly what you would expect from a Tarantino film, creative, emotive, and mostly unpredictable, set into chapter's with comic styled references and sinister western soundtracks for dramatic effect, it's oddly refreshing. It's thrilling, intense and full of suspense, but at the same time, weird and kind of pointless? What I mean by that is what the point of the film is? It's at times pretty crude, which has no place in such a film or such atrocities. But what's more are the inaccuracies to history; it's so extreme that it borders lunacy, for some this may not be an issue, but it just seems wrong in my opinion. Some things just cannot be mocked, or changed to suit a director's desire. At times I wonder if the film is to make fun of the Nazi's or just a crude protest at the events that took place in the Second World War. Aside from the main plot, the attention to detail, and the ease in how such plans are laid out and approved, just seem ludicrous.
Inglorious Basterds is a mixture of good and bad, for example the main cast, Star and main antagonist of the film Col. Hans Landa is absolutely stunning in his role and one of the best villains I've seen, a mixture of complexity, hilarity and charmingly Sadistic are portrayed to the letter. Brad Pitt on the other hand is comical, and wooden, not that I really expect anything else from him, Eli Roth and the rest of the supporting cast are also fun to watch and give depth to their roles.
Having said all that I did find on the whole this film really entertaining, the dialogue is smart and tight, the violence is energetic and indifferent, and it's dark and thought provoking with touches of humour. Aside from the Dirty Dozen references this film is like no other, and if it was not for the falsifying of history I'd recommend this, I believe that some aspects of History should not be manipulated for a film, as in my opinion such atrocities should not be forgotten or poked fun at. For any Tarantino fan this is a must see, as it's indicative of his style, but If your expecting an array of Battles, bloodshed and disaster, then you would be wrong, this is not in "The Saving Private Ryan" mould, but what is lacks in battle and the art of war, it gains in artistry and style.
TAKE AWAY THE HISTORY, ADD THE TARANTINO TWIST = INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS 7/10
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