Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Adaptation, Politics/Religion and War
Running Time: 2 hrs. 32 min.
Release Date: August 21st, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality.
Distributors: The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures
Director: Quentin Tarantino
JJ Rating: B+
A group of men that is made up of mainly Jews is created to go into occupied France to kill Nazis. Kill them dead. And the name of this group is spelled so terribly that even I noticed and, let me just say, that’s saying an awful lot. Inglourious Basterds.
The opening scene is very, very powerful. The acting, the lines and the look of it all is very chilling. I understand that this is not based on solid facts, but I’m sure that something similar had happened during WWII at some time and it sad that it did happen. People try so hard to live up to super heroic morals and a fraction live up to such high standards and most fall short disappointing not only those that rely on them but themselves. So much pain in that first scene.
Christoph Waltz was the devilishly, ravishing, creep Col Hans Landa. He acted so well that I will be shocked if he is not nominated for an award somewhere that is important. None of those sissy awards. You know those kinds…the ones that no one knows about or has ever heard. Like the “Oh we’re the mothers of Souther California and we have our own award show and we think Waltz deserves to be nominated for Best Creep!” That is the kind of award he should not get. He needs something more noticeable. He was just creepy good. I couldn’t stand him and wanted him to suffer in pain, but he was a great bad guy. Then there is Brad Pitt who was Lt Aldo Raine the crazed good guy. The only difference between him and Waltz was there strong accents as well as one was “good” and the other was “bad”. Their methods to their madness were quite similar in a way. Brad Pitt’s accent is so funny. Every time he’s not in a scene I wish he was there and every time he is there I enjoy the movie 100 times more than when he’s not there. I think this is one of his better films and he should also get a nod for his acting. It’s one of the best I’ve seen and it is early into any award season, but I’ve stated this before this early and I was right, so I’m doing it again. Maybe I’ll be right again.
Inglourious Basterds has one of the best endings I’ve seen in a long while. The movie has a slow pace to it. There’s a lot of talking and yammering. Some of it is interesting, but for the most part it does get kind of boring. But because Quentin Tarantino is a good storyteller things come full circle and tie up at the end with a pretty bloody red bow. It adds to the greatness of the ending when it starts to sound familiar and then the audience starts to put it together and feels a sense of justice. The end is really satisfying. The entire film one wonders what the payment is going to be and when the payment starts to unravel it is everything including perfect.
There are several great scenes that are scattered throughout but my two favorites are the underground pub scene because Diane Kruger (who played actress Bridget Von Hammersmark) stole the entire scene. She’s bursting with so much playful energy that when she speaks I could not help but stare at her and feel this attraction and this want to hear every word fall out of her English German accented mouth. That was good because that was her intent in the scene, to attract the male’s attention and keep them happy. The other scene was with Brad Pitt explaining how well he knows Italian. How well he knows and what positions each of his friends are in in knowing Italian is so funny as well as how he pronounces Italian and other Italian words.
When the climax of the film comes there’s a bit of crazy in it and it’s so off from reality that it’s silly add it does not offer the satisfaction that the ending does. It adds complication to the entire film. The Nazis are so bad and vile and naughty and seeing them pay for the crimes against humanity is something that the movie is working towards. But with this mass payment it is rather hollow and vindictive and it is not at all feel good or pleasant. Hearing anyone scream for their life, no matter if the masses are bad or not, is just freaky scary.
Quentin Tarantino gets on my nerves. I hear him speak and give his opinions and my eyes roll out of my face they roll so hard. He’s not my type of person that I think would be at all worth knowing because there is something wrong with him. People would state that with genius comes such quirks, but I’m not so sure. However, I do have to state that he has an eye for creative shots. There is a scene before the big climax that deals with two characters who have a very abrupt fight. Everything leading up to this doesn’t give much hint that this might occur so it seemed really out of place, but the way it was shot it was one of the most beautiful scenes in the entire film. The funny thing is it might just be the one that uses the most blood.
Inglourious Basterds is spelled wrong and it’s annoying to type and annoying to say, but the film is good. It has great funny moments and is told in an interesting fashion. It is well worth seeing once. I don’t know if I could really sit through the entire thing again (in the theater), but there are a few scenes I wouldn’t mind seeing again. If it came on the TV I could see myself watching the entire thing again on accident. It’s one of those kinds of films. I won’t own it but if I happen to see it somewhere I might just stop and watch because it has that “I have to see this part” attraction. Inglourious Basterds may be Tarantino’s “best work yet” to quote Aldo Raine.