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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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You are about to enter another WW II, a WW II not only of cinema and rednecks but of wackiness.

  • Aug 22, 2009
*Spoilers may follow*

Inglorious Basterds is NOT a World War II movie, sure it takes place in Europe in the early 40's, it has it's noted historical figures like Hitler and Goebels but as far as a movie where it's clean cut hero grabs his M1 Garand and hollers "follow me!" into battle and plans his next move from the trenches against screaming opposition, this is not.  This is WW II the comic book even with a couple of moments having an author of sorts fill us in on important details akin to those little word bubbles you always see in old comics to spell out important plot points.  This movie's hero is a bush wack'in violent Southerner, Aldo Raine played by Brad Pitt and his Jewish guerilla amry and he informs his team and the audience that he didn't fly 5000 miles into Nazi controlled France to show the "Natzies" good manners, that they are there for one purpose:  kill as many Nazi's as they can and to show them no compassion or mercy.  Such as the times are, said today a First Sergent could be thrown in the brig for making such statements and charged with crimes of intolerance toward his enemies who would kill him and not care what the newspapers or Google said about him.

Our villian is a seemingly charming but cruely competant SS Officer named Hans Landa who's primary mission is to capture as many Jews as he can and it has earned him the nickname "The Jew Hunter".  Seeing him astonishingly polite and good natured on the verge of fatuous makes it even more a surprise to see him turn demonic when it comes to doing his job as he routes his prey.

Inglorious Basterds arguabbly has Tarantino's talents in overdrive.  The dialogue is crisp and memorable, the main cast, cast well (especially Hans Landa) and the violence is deadening.  A scene that demonstrates Pitt's Guerilla army tactics has his men scalping with bowie knives a dead regiment of Nazis and the enemy commander is told he can live if he tells Raine the location or more Nazi soldiers on a map, if he refuses, he will meet the rancor of a man we've only heard about in dialogue up to that point, "The Bear Jew".  After said character is introduced and another Nazi attempts to run away, a third soldier is brought forward and showing no resistance at all unlike his predessessor, Raine gets what he wants.  Towards the end of the movie when Raines tells a Nazi that he never wants to see him out of his uniform again, the whole audience knows whats coming and the audience cheered.  The devil is in the details and I even caught one piece of unimportant business during a drinking scene in a bar that was almost linked to other pieces of non importance earliar.

Drama is also a piece of Tarantino's movies and one scene in particular had me on the edge of the seat, a woman who was being investigated earliar in the film is now in the room with the man who years ago was looking for her.  He sits down and they chat and in one line of dialogue he tips his hat to us that he KNOWS who she is but cannot arrest her just yet.  After he leaves the dining room, the woman's compossure cracks like broken china as she realizes that she just escaped death again.

Sadly Tarantino's talents being in overdrive isn't always a good thing, that also leads to weird spectacles such as a beautiful jewish woman shown on a projector taunts a building full of Germans as a the building they are in catches fire and long after the screen dissapears, we still hear her cackling, satisfyed laughter, odd.  We are treated to at least 2 or 3 LONG scenes of talking, and more talking, and TALKING.  After the blood letting and fun we get the drama and I felt as though I was being subjected to the best parts of an earliar Tarantino piece of work, Kill BIll.  Vol 1 had the violence, vol 2 had the drama and Inglorious Basterds is those two pieces smooched together, flaws and all.

So, is Inglorious Basterds a good movie?  Well I enjoyed myself and it certainly wasn't BAD but I left myself wanting more.  Seeing all the Brad Pitt heavy marketing promising us bloodshed and then seeing that he's only half the movie left me jostled, (The other half invloves the Nazi slime and propaganda machine).  If you love Tarantino's venture into more fantasy then reality with caricatures instead of full blooded humans and the proof was seeing a Mike Myers cameo as a Brittish military leader and no matter how serious he acts, there are traces of that silly giggling face and squinty eyes in the performance-then you will enjoy it.  If your still clamoring for Tarantino to wow the world again with another Pulp Fiction then save your breath and only consider seeing it, cause those days are gone.  Speaking of pulp though, careful the Bear Jew is around the corner and make sure you save some Bubble Yum for Hitler.
A Nazi Officer is about to meet his fate Basterds Assemble! A confrontation gets heated in a bar Hans Landa, charming one minute ...a monster the next Poetic Justice perhaps?

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October 21, 2010
Loved this movie
October 21, 2010
I would have liked this more if it focused more on Pitt and his guerillas. I always think of the scene with Shoshana telling Zoller "This is France, we respect artists" and thinking back to QT winning big at Cannes in 94. Sounded like a thank you to France.
August 23, 2009
Great review, I rated this one 4 stars myself, mainly because I really liked its dark sense of humor and the way Tarantino played around with the subtitles was great. I do see the problems with its pacing, and while it was arguably better than "Death Proof", it won't be 'classic' Tarantino.
August 23, 2009
I always forget about Deathproof, thats what a non entity that movie is. It's not bad and I have it on DVD but pairing it together with the Planet Terror makes me forget about it. IB does have some pacing and the subtitles are great so that we know what characters are saying when they're around other characters who might understand them or when it's information that we need to know. The movie needed more of Brad Pitt and his Guerillas smashing open heads even though it would cut down on the lovely Melanie Laurent.
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Inglorious Bastards

Inglorious Bastards is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  It was released on August 21st 2009.  It stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and Christopher Waltz.


Although Quentin Tarantino has cherished Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 "macaroni" war flickThe Inglorious Bastardsfor most of his film-geek life, his ownInglourious Basterdsis no remake. Instead, as hinted by the Tarantino-esque misspelling, this is a lunatic fantasia of WWII, a brazen re-imagining of both history and the behind-enemy-lines war film subgenre. There's a Dirty Not-Quite-Dozen of mostly Jewish commandos, led by a Tennessee good ol' boy named Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who reckons each warrior owes him one hundred Nazi scalps--and he means that literally. Even as Raine's band strikes terror into the Nazi occupiers of France, a diabolically smart and self-assured German officer named Landa (Christoph Waltz) is busy validating his own legend as "The Jew Hunter." Along the way, he wipes out the rural family of a grave young girl (Melanie Laurent) who will reappear years later in Paris, dreaming of vengeance on an epic scale.

Now, this isn't one more big-screen comic book. As the masterly opening sequence reaffirms, Tarantino is a true filmmaker, with a deep respect for the integrity of screen space and the tension that can accumulate in contemplating two men seated at a table having a polite conversation. IB reunites QT with...

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 21st 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
Runtime: 149 mins.
Studio: The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios
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