ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tarantino's best film in a decade, and killing Nazis

Updated on January 13, 2015

Christoph Waltz, absolutely amazing

Source

"Inglorious Basterds", a brief review

I finally got the chance to see "Inglorious Basterds" a couple of weeks ago, somehow having avoided this particular Quentin Tarantino movie in the theaters (having seen most of them first run from Pulp Fiction on), and somehow not having watched it on a friend's DVD player (I stream most movies nowadays).

I was not disappointed, and this film was worth the wait. It's sort of a fictional "alternative history" take on World War II's potential conclusion in Germany, as all of these super important German Nazi dudes are planning to attend the premiere of this Nazi propaganda movie that is going to play (ironically) at this Jewish woman's movie theater. Anyway, the plan is to assassinate all of these leaders, including Hitler, en masse at the theater.

Brad Pitt's hillbilly soldier is pretty damn funny, sporting a ridiculous mustache and a terrible Tennessee accent. His crew of miscreants are notorious for slaughtering Nazis (pronounced "nah-tsee" by Pitt throughout the film) and then scalping them, as Pitt's character is part Apache Indian.

But Christoph Waltz (new to me when I first started watching this), playing German commander Hans Landa, really steals the show and makes "Inglorious Basterds" totally worth watching. Waltz's portrayal of Landa is simultaneously very convincing and terrifying, but also hilarious. Landa is a brilliant soldier who speaks at least 4 languages fluently, with only a trace of an accent, and who masterminds an amazing double cross, outsmarting almost everyone with aplomb.

Tarantino's directorial style is very typical for him. There's lots of gratuitous violence in all its glory, and lots of terrible puns.

How does it compare?

"Inglorious Basterds" is no "Pulp Fiction", but it's nevertheless among Tarantino's finest films. I personally would rank it somewhere in between "True Romance" (Christian Slater, Christopher Walken, etc) and "Reservoir Dogs" (not quite as good as the latter classic). These films bear repeated viewing, and "Basterds" does, too, particularly some of the beautiful period shots. As per usual, Tarantino's historical accuracy is terrific.

If you enjoy World War II fiction that has surprising accuracy (but also tends to be a little playful), then you're going to love "Inglorious Basterds." You've got to have a playful attitude coming in, and if you do, you're sure to love it as much as I did. If anything, "Inglorious Basterds" actually lit up my interest in historical fiction, as I didn't really consider myself much of a fan before watching this.

A tense bar scene

Vote!

What is Tarantino's best film?

See results

Guestbook

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)