Sep 22, 2009

Inglourious Basterds




Premise:

An intertwining double plot, similar to Pulp Fiction's time-twister. The setting takes place in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. In one story arc, a Jewish-French teen falls victim to watching her entire family murdered by Nazis. The teen gets away and changes her identity, opening a theater which many Nazis seem to love. Unknown to the S.S. is that this teen is now a woman with a thirst for German blood. In the other story arc, a guerrilla team of Jewish-American soldiers known as The Basterds make it their personal mission to eradicate Nazis. Despite their small numbers, their brutality, with trademark - scalping of killed enemies, earn them a well known reputation all the way up the ranks to Adolph Hitler.

For the trailer, and to compare my review with my initial excited hype for the film, see my previous blog months back here.

Standouts:
The acting is superb, the comedy, the gore and action, all as top notch as you would expect from Quentin Tarantino. I can't say there was really all that much character development, but this movie was about a very select few things - one, being a moralistic, or maybe A-moralistic message, and the other being a brainless shoot-em-up and gorefest.

Something that drew a bit of critisim from those I viewed the film with, was the runtime. There were some mild complaints that some scenes containing dialog dragged on a bit too long, with a particular bar scene in mind. While I was not effected enough by these scenes to complain, I can also understand this. Some condensing into a slightly shorter film could have appealed to viewers more.


My Highlights:
Brad Pitt as Aldo The Apache, a Tennesee-born Jewish American doing his best through his southern accent to go undercover as an Italian, and also any scene involving Nazi killing. Nazi killing is basically what sold the movie, and it sold very well.


Overall Rating:
I truely loved this movie, but even with a great consistancy for great scenes, there was nothing about it that makes me say I need to see it a second time before it leaves theaters. This may be due to the run-time or the, at times, heavy amount of dialog, but whatever small "It" factor this film is missing, it doesn't detract much from it. I give this film a 4 1/2 *'s out of 5, and easily one of the better movies I've seen this year.


When You Should See It:
This film is definitely worth seeing before it leaves cinemas, because the visual and audio effects will feel a bit dulled when compared to DVD. There's nothing quite like sitting in a room full of people as a big sharp knife carves into a Nazi's head. If you can't see it anytime soon, definitely go out and rent, or really even just buy if you're a red-blooded, violence-loving male, as soon as it hits your media format of choice.

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