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Inglourious Basterds

Updated on June 17, 2013

Ain't nothing better in life than killing Nazis

You've never seen any WWII film, until you've seen "Inglourious Basterds." Quentin Tarantino returns as he displays his newest film, about a group of Jewish soldiers, known only as the Inglourious Basterds, sent into Nazi occupied France, during WWII. Their sole mission is to annihilate and torture the Nazi's by any means necessary. Like all of Tarantino's films, "Inglourious Basterds" has a sense of violence and mayhem in a spaghetti western style format, that allows for the movie to come off as not only violent and dramatic at times, but comical as well. The story shifts from various points of view at times, ala "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs", but this one displays the scenes in chronological order. Quentin Tarantino's style of story telling and direction make this film very intriguing to watch, as it shows the cruelty of the Nazis at the beginning of the film, when they kill Shosanna Dreyfuss' (Melanie Laurent) family . Yet around the end, it shows how the Inglourious Basterds have become just as cruel and sinister in the process of punishing the Nazis. Although, the film does tend to suffer from being obsessively violent at times, and being historically inaccurate. Plus, some of the characters that are portrayed to have large roles in the trailers and cast interviews, like Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark) and Til Schweiger (Hugo Stiglitz), have surprisingly small roles in the movie. Which is a tad disappointing, considering the hype surrounding those two. However, it doesn't ruin the movie by any means, as I felt the acting and the intriguing storyline kept the film worth watching. "Inglourious Basterds" is perhaps one of most provocative and entertaining WWII movies, I have ever seen.

Quentin Tarantino does it again with his new film, as he presents a movie that has just the right amount of dark humor and drama to keep audiences entertained. Although the film does come across as being overly violent at times, it's still a pretty amusing film. Like in one scene, when Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) interrogates a bunch of captured Nazis, only to end up calling out Sgt. Donny Donowitz a.k.a. "The Bear Jew" (Eli Roth), beat one of their heads in with a baseball bat, will leave audience horrified yet laughing at how the scene is portrayed. This along with many other scenes make the film pretty enjoyable to watch.

Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz (Col. Hans Landa), and Melanie Laurent were simply brilliant in their perspective roles. Brad Pitt displayed a keen ego stereo type, reminiscent of "Jon Wayne", that allowed for his character to not only have a strong sense of conviction at times, but to come off rather comical as well. In one scene, Aldo Raine had to pretend to be Italian, at a Nazi premiere movie showing, in order to infiltrate and blow up the place. Unfortunately, his accent is just awful to say the least, as it's obliviously fake, that the audience can't help but laugh.

Melanie Laurent does a great job portraying a young girl, whom tries to live a normal life in France, after the death of her parents by the hands of the Nazis. However, she finds herself in the unique position of drawing the attention of one, romantically. As she cunningly uses this position to her advantage for revenge against the Nazis. Throughout the film, Melanie Laurent gives her character not only a somewhat innocent presence, she also adds a sense of viciousness and vengeful attitude to the part as well.

As for Christoph Waltz, I thought he did a excellent job playing the antogonist to the Basterds, in the Nazi regime. Displaying a strong sense of cunning and calculation behind his devious deeds and wicked actions. As it seems like every thing he does throughout the movie, is to try to somehow gain an edge by any means necessary. Even if it means going against Hitler himself.

Like I've said before, you've never seen any WWII film, until you've seen it through the eyes of Quentin Tarantino.  Featuring solid performances and direction, "Inglourious Basterds" is a must see film for anyone that enjoys movies.  As this film, is perhaps one of the most provocative and entertaining war movie, I have ever seen.


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      Steven Escareno 5 years ago

      Thats an interesting take on this film. Personally my favorite Tarantino films were along the lines of "Pulp Fiction" and the "Kill Bill" series myself, but I still liked this one though. However, to each their own. I appreciate you taking the time to come up with an elaborate opinion on this movie, as I think you did a better job than possibly I did at conveying your emotions about the film.

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      rjbatty 5 years ago from Irvine

      I am basically a Tarantino fan (although I find his work amazing erratic and inconsistent in quality), I thought "Basterds" was one of his worst duds. Tarantino brought NOTHING original to the screen. In my summation, he had two good but over-long scenes of high-camp dialogue, and the rest was just throw-away comic book material. The violence was not nearly as sharp as that depicted in "The Dirty Dozen" from which Tarantino basically robbed the bank. I'm sorry to differ with you, but I found nothing compelling about the film, and I felt a great deal of disappointment because the basic premise offered so much opportunity. When I saw the film, it was hard for me to believe it was produced by the same guy who had created the "Kill Bill" films. The mismatch in quality was so strong, I began to worry that Tarantino was losing his touch. In retrospect, I think he simply over-reached. Tarantino is at his best when he is dealing with hyperbole, and "Basterds" didn't give him much room to exercise his best assets.

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      Steven Escareno 8 years ago

      Thanks for the compliment gksquire. yeah, i thought this was probably one of tarantino's best films.

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      gksquire9 8 years ago from America

      Good movie that should probably force me to update one of my previous war-movie hubs.

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      Steven Escareno 8 years ago

      yeah, it's pretty good. although, i should warn you, it can be a bit violent at times. however, it's definitely a great war movie to watch.

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      Beth100 8 years ago from Canada

      Sounds intriguing...I'll check it out soon!