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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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Tarantino Does World War II - Gloriously

  • Aug 12, 2009
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I'll save you time.  You don't have to read the rest of this review to know how I feel.  I loved this movie.

There is so much to love about this movie and I will try to explain my perspective without the use of spoiler because I want everyone to see and experience this movie for themselves.  Before we go any further, here is the trailer:



See what I mean.  I knew from the trailer that I wanted to see this film.  Thanks to the SAG Film Society, I was able to see it this past weekend even though it doesn't officially open until August 21st.  (I'll wait while you put that date in your calendar...done yet? OK, back to it)

Cinematography

This film is beautifully shot.  The colors are rich and saturated and the lighting gets out of the way but illuminates perfectly.  There is one small shot at the beginning of the film that thoroughly impressed me.  We hear vehicles coming while a woman is hanging laundry.  The had the woman move the laundry to reveal the cars.  It went from a closeup of laundry to this green picturesque landscape in an instant.

Story

Well, you saw the trailer above.  This is a film inspired by of an older film "Inglorious Bastards" that I've never seen so I will not aim to make comparisons.  The basic story is that a small outfit of Jewish-American soldiers are put together to cause chaos for the Nazi's in occupied France.  This leaves lots of room for violence on a Tarrantino level and he doesn't disappoint.  I had to look away a couple of times, but it's there and then it's gone and the storytelling is enhanced.  I mean this IS war, right? Woah...slow down...I have to hold back because I don't want to call myself a name.  I call reviewers names...mean names...when they give away important parts of a movie and I never want to be that guy.

The writing is brilliant and there are so many quotable lines that you'll be upset that you can't remember them all.  There is much humor and still there are some deep thoughts.  This is NOT an historical account, which will be very obvious except to those who have somehow escaped all knowledge about how Hitler lost his empire and his life.  Those people will enjoy the explosions and violence though...there's something for everyone! 

Acting

Brilliant.  Brad Pitt holds his own as the Inglorious Bastards commanding officer.  I think that Pitt guy is gonna be OK in Hollywood.  I know, I know...I'm going out on a limb but he's got something.  The two actors that stood out to me are:
  • Melanie Laurent as Shoshana.  She is like a symphony embodied in one actress she goes from a subtle strength masked in meek to outward aggression basked in honor and she plays all levels with confidence and believability.  She is also blessed with aesthetic gifts, and those never hurt.
  • Christopher Waltz.  OK, this guy...awesome.  You will know who I am talking about when you see the movie.  He is the first Nazi to speak and the main one throughout the film.  He is more of what I said I said about Ms. Laurent.  He goes from the most charming to condescending to childlike playfulness to pure evil and back to vulnerable.  With all of that going on he never loses track of his objective: self advancement and preservation.  All of those tools are his adaptations to the moment and they are all brilliant and a treat to view.  I predict an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Conclusion

I will likely see this film again in the theater and I will own the DVD.  I recommend it for most adults except those who are sensitive to violence. 

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October 01, 2009
I love WWII films and this one is in my top 5. Great review!
 
August 20, 2009
Great review, though I probably won't see it. Does someone really get their head bashed in with a bat? Yuk....
 
August 18, 2009
Nice!! I am really looking forward to this one and am glad that it delivered for you.
 
August 18, 2009
I can't wait to see this movie!
 
August 12, 2009
Don't be jealous that you're not an underemployed actor in a union where being able to join the Film Society is a relatively significant benefit! ;) I have not seen Death Proof, but maybe I shall. Have you seen in??
August 12, 2009
Ya, I liked it quite a bit, but a lot of people say it's a bit too slow...
 
August 12, 2009
Great Review!!  I'm jealous you got to see it already!  Now I know how people felt when i got to see Star Trek a week early!  What did you think about Death Proof? 
 
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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.

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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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