Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France...
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
If there is one person who understands the power of language it is one Mr. Tarantino. He has already proven he is a master of dialogue and here he pushes himself even further and tries his hands at writing dialogue not only in a completely different time period but also in not one but three other languages than English.
And the thing that increases the insane amount of respect I already had for the man is the fact that he succeeds superbly in capturing the cadence and flair we've come to expect from him in all of them.
Tarantino is never one for the complicated plot, he is all about the narrative, both visual and lingual. Here, he perhaps finds…
Upon its original release I approached Inglourious Basterds with some trepidation having found Tarantino’s previous two films (Kill Bill vol. II and Death Proof) to be self-indulgent, overly long and poorly plotted. Therefore it came as quite a surprise that I absolutely loved this comic book revenge fantasy despite it suffering from exactly the same issues that dogged his previous films. So why the change of heart despite it featuring familiar complaints?
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is that the film signalled a return to Tarantino’s great characters and dialogue. Death Proof was torturously boring for me because the film’s characters were just as dull (with the exception of the criminally underused Stuntman Mike) yet in Inglourious Basterds the film…
Oh yes...this is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Let's just review some of the things I love about it:
1. The fact that this may seem like a remake from the title, but has pretty much no relevance whatsoever to the original.
2. Christoph Waltz...his line delivery is the best in the world (looks like he's perfecting it in Django Unchained!)
3. The spaghetti western under-tones. It's possibly the first WW2 western ever, and hopefully the last.
4. The size of Brad Pitt's bowie knife.
5. Michael Fassbender's terrible mistake in the bar.
6. Mike Myer's cameo.
7. Enzo G. Castellari's cameo.
8. The name of chapter 5 (Revenge of the Giant Face).
9. Tarantino's cameo as 'First scalped Nazi'.
Just a masterpiece through and through. Shosanna is one of Tarantino's greatest characters.
Because I feel this is only way I can review this, I'm reviewing each chapter individually. Enjoy.
Chapter 1 - Once Upon A Time...In Nazi-Occupied France:
This is essentially just a single conversation between two people, and yet it manages to be one of the highlights of the entire film. Christoph Waltz is simply fantastic as Col. Hans Landa (this is probably not the last time I'll talk about him) during this scene, proving that it's possible to be intimidating without even using a physical presence - he manages to create an absolutely terrifyingly brilliant character using only his voice. It's possible to judge him the best thing about the film, and believe me he is, from this small scene…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
One of Tarantino's best.
A few important things to know going into this film:
1) The titular "Basterds", including Brad Pitt, are barely in it.
2) The film is about 70% foreign language with subtitles
3) Pretty much every bit of actual action in the film is shown in the trailer (actually the trailer includes MORE, as there are some notable missing shots)
Now none of those things are inherently bad, but when it's been marketed as an action flick, in English, starring Brad Pitt and his merry men... well, you're gonna disappoint a LOT of people. I'm actually surprised (and impressed) that they would trust American audiences to endure subtitles. There's a scene early on where mid-conversation a character basically says, "Can we…
tarantino starts to lose his streak
Not your average WWII movie. This feels like the most mature film from Tarantino. Sure, Hitler is treated as a joke, but who the hell cares? The plot is damn good, the long pieces of dialogue deliver thrill because you wonder what will happen next. The villain played by Christoph Waltz is too likeable in movie terms, and Brad Pitt is also good. Tarantino once again treats women as heroines (previously with Death Proof and Kill Bill) now with Shoshana a super hot and likeable character. Overall, IB is highly entertaining must-see movie for those who are fans of Tarantino.
Adorei este filme. É mesmo daqueles filmes que, se não fosse obrigada a ver, nunca viria e não saberia o que estava a perder. Quando eu pensava que não era nada o meu género, este filme surpreende-me imenso. Gostei imenso e só tenho pena de o ter visto muito espaçdo, uma vez que o vi na aula de inglês e um filme de 2:30 não dá para ver na duração de uma aula.
Um filme que quero voltar a ver, sem dúvida.
Once again, Tarantino tells a story about vengeance, but this time, in a more delicate way.
In this film, we confirm Tarantino's artistic skills and power over the art of filmmaking. He combined his usual style with an important historical fact in a way that's controversial, entertaining and beautiful.
We have great actors giving amazing performances, a fine soundtrack, great setting, a creative cinematography and an unforgettable story.
This is definitely a must watch.
The film in its entirety is something worth seeing. But I want to focus on that opening scene. It is one of the best scenes I have seen in contemporary cinema; certainly the most memorable.
With this scene Tarantino finally shows the audience just how much knowledge of, and love for, movie making he possesses. He has brought us back from blockbuster tomfoolery and indie self-indulgence of modern-day movies to a scene where every word spoken, every pause taken, every prop used, every color included is purposeful. The screenplay shines particularly bright in these tense opening moments, as does the acting by Denis Menochet and Christoph Waltz. Subtly seems a hard line to walk for some movie-makers, but it is…
An excellently casted and acted work from the brilliance of Tarantino,now a master of making the darkest areas of humanity hilarious.
Disfrute de esta película, la historia retorcida, el desarrollo, las actuaciones, el humor negro y desenlace. EL hecho de que estuviera hablada en varios idiomas, la hizo aun mejor.