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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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"We're in the Business...of Killin' Nazis!" and That's Exactly What the "Basterds" Did!

  • Aug 25, 2009
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Seeing Inglorious Basterds was an interesting viewing experience for me.  Not because anything crazy happened, but because of the ways in which the film kept pulling me back in.  While I thoroughly enjoyed Basterds, there were definitely times I was asking myself, "what is this leading up to?" which I think a lot of people were asking about Death Proof .  Of course the minute I asked myself this, everything came together and made me ecstatic about the current scene.  What some people might not enjoy about this film is its long drawn out scenes.  What makes these scenes work so well was the terrific acting performances given by the whole cast.  And when the film was focusing on action, it was fast and explosive, just the way Tarantino likes it.

Set in an alternate timeline during the Nazi occupation of France, Inglorious Basterds is a film focused on the art of revenge.  Basterds follows the two separate attempts to kill Hitler, the first, by Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent), the only survivor of the massacre of her family by the "Jew Hunter" Colonel Hanz Landa (Christopher Waltz) and the second by the Basterds, a crew of Jewish American soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt).  Both parties plan out a way to kill Hitler and his regime in one fell swoop at a movie premiere chronicling the events of a German sniper (Daniel Bruhl) who killed over 300 American soldiers in Italy.  What the Basterds don't know is that the premiere is being held at Shoshanna's theater... and that she has a plan of her own... 

The one thing I have to admit about Inglorious Basterds is that if it hadn't been for the acting, I probably would have walked out of this film...Quentin Tarantino or not.  The only reason those LOOONNNGGG drawn out scenes were bearable was because they were acted so well.  They were acted so well that they gave the scenes depth and character and made them entertaining to watch.  There is this one scene at a tavern in France were a British lieutenant and two of the Basterds are undercover trying to pick up German actress Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) who is a spy for the Allies.  This scene is stupendously long, but the acting by Michael Fassbender who plays Lt. Archie Hicox was so amazing that this scene became not just the longest scene in the film, but the best as well.  Along with Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Christopher Waltz (especially) and Melanie Laurent gave the best performances in the film. While Brad Pitt was funny as hell as Aldo, Christopher Waltz was a pleasure to watch as the villain Landa.

If you're expecting an action movie going into this film, walk out, because its not.  Inglorious Basterds is a story and a really well thought out one with some action on the side.  To go along with this story is Tarantino's stylistic filming approach which again in this film can do him no wrong.  The very first scene in the film is so beautifully shot in the French countryside.  If you have seen all of Tarantino's films, then you know how he likes to make a movie, with lots of stylistic shots and a whole lot of blood.  Remember when I said this isn't an action movie?  It's not, but it sure does have a lot of blood.

If you can't sit through a two hour and forty minute movie, then I suggest you go see something else.  Tarantino's long style writing and filming isn't for everyone which is why in many ways he is still a cult director.  I think if you're a fan of all his previous works, then I think you'll truly enjoy Inglorious Basterds.  Please don't take your kids to see this film for the love of god or any other Tarantino film for that matter.  Great acting and very well written scenes make for another masterpiece from the Q-Man.  While some scenes very well could have benefited from some editing down, Basterds still is a glorious film, 4/5!
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January 28, 2010
Thanks Husher. Very well written and I agree with you totally. One thing you state is that it is set in an alternate timeline. Was this in fact stated in the movie? I must have missed it. Then I wouldn't have complained (see my review) about them changing history.
January 28, 2010
It's an alternate timeline based on the Basterds and what they do to Hitler at the end. Its basically a fiction tale of a non-fiction event....It's more of an alternate reality...
 
September 09, 2009
Nice catch on the pacing. I agree that the film could have been edited a little better. Great effort!
 
August 26, 2009
Coming from you, a major Tarantino-head, I'll take this as gospel. Have you made a list of your favorite Tarantino-directed films in preferantial order?
August 26, 2009
Thanks! I'm going to do that right now!
 
August 26, 2009
the opening sequence is one of the best in film...EVER!
August 26, 2009
I totally agree. Probably the best, along with Pulp Fiction.
 
August 25, 2009
I saw it last weekend. And it is really long, but amazingly for someone who is known to fall asleep everytime i see a movie, the fact that I stayed alert and awake the whole time was proof enough for me how great the film is. There is suspense, my heart was literally pounding in some scenes, and i think enough gore to satisfy the tarantino fans and at the same time not have the squeemish people turn away for too long.
 
August 25, 2009
Nice Review! I am really looking forward to seeing this.
 
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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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