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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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Inglourious Basterds (or Bastards, whichever)

  • Jan 6, 2010
Pros: Well crafted, acting (including Pitt), extra points for the subtitles, Quentin

Cons: Wtf happened to all the Nazi killin'?

The Bottom Line: A good movie, and yet still disappointing in some ways.

One of the things I can't stand in this world is when a movie trailer completely misleads me.  I saw the trailer and I thought it was going to be Nazi killing and excitement the whole way.  You know, the way Tarantino does most of his work.

I didn't get it.

Ok, yes, there was Nazi killing, but the film was completely different from what I expected, and that annoyed me greatly.

The movie isn't about the Basterds (as they're called) the entire way.  They're merely a small part in a much bigger picture.  Several different stories that include many different people - a surviving Jewish woman, a Nazi hero, a nasty SS officer, and more - that have their starting points in different places, but all end in the same spot; a movie theater, with plenty of bumps and dead people along the way.  You never see any of these people in the trailers.  Maybe the woman for about two seconds.  The rest is of Brad Pitt and his band of soldiers.  Instead it feels rather like these guys only get about 30 minutes of screen time during the entire 2 ½ hour movie.

There's a great deal of sitting around and chitchatting, most of which is used to create tension and make you wonder just when things are going to snap - if they do.  The colors are bold as one can often expect in a Tarantino movie, and it really is a well crafted film.  I loved that about half of it is in German or French instead of English and you have to read subtitles (frankly I think that's how Valkyrie should have gone down).  The actors really fall into their parts.  Brad Pitt was in fine form as Lieutenant Aldo Raine and you get the impression he's really enjoying his role, while Christoph Waltz as Colonel Hans Landa is the guy you just really hope gets his eyes eaten out by a vulture.  Mostly because not only does he play the part so well, but because you just know there were people like that during WWII.

All in all, it's a great combination of color, script, and yes, even music, as odd as it was sometimes, it seemed to really work (that and it's Tarantino and you pretty much just accept whatever he throws your way).  It even takes on some really unique revisionist history, rewriting it entirely so that once the end hits you're in a bit of disbelief as to what you just saw.

But that's why, as much as I can point out it's good qualities and actually appreciate it for the film it is, I was disappointed.

Yes, you do see some Nazi scalping and shooting, and okay, yes a lot of Nazis do die, but I thought that was going to be throughout the movie.  I expected to watch as Brad Pitt lead his group of Inglorious Basterds through towns and sneak attacks to kill Nazis left and right and really screw up Hitler's plans and whatnot.  That's what the trailers told me.  And I was excited about it.  Especially since his guys were so cool and Pitt's performance was truly enjoyable when you got to their particular "chapter" in the movie (yep, broken into chapters).  But then the above happened and my family and I found ourselves wondering what exactly we'd rented and how much longer this was going to go on and how long it would be before those guys at the bar stopped talking to each other and the movie would move on.  Basically, if we'd known what we were getting into, it would have been a better experience.

The movie is a good one, though it may not end the way you want (it has its ups and downs) and can be a little slower at times than you might have expected.  But there are many good things about it and some parts that will get you to react strongly (as in, you really want that guy to die) or laugh out loud at.  And let's face it, movies that can get you twitchy like that are often pretty darn good.



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November 18, 2010
I loved this flick myself but great review.
October 25, 2010
I really do think I would have enjoyed it more if the trailer hadn't set it up the way it did. I wouldn't have had my expectations so jacked up and would have been ready for a completely different movie. Ha. Everyone liked Col. Landa *because* he was such a good bad guy. I look forward to seeing more of him in the future. (er, Waltz, not Landa, haha).
October 25, 2010
You know you're the first person I know of who didn't exactly like it. It seems like some guys saw that it is ok to be a fascist as long as you're killing nazis...I liked this one but I have to say it wasn't one of Tarantino's best. I did like the Col. Landa despite the fact that he's a bad guy. Excellent review!
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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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