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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…
The last time I watched Inglourious Basterds was in a movie theater in 2009. Upon revisiting it last night I was surprised to find I liked it even more the second time around.
I was almost surprised at how often I found myself laughing at Brad Pitt's character's facial expressions, he was really great as Lt. Aldo Raine. Mélanie Laurent was also fantastic as the brave, intelligent and dedicated, escaped Jewish Frenchwoman named Shosanna who owns a little movie theater in Nazi occupied France. I loved her character even more when she was putting on her war paint to the tune of David Bowie's "Cat People" (Putting Out Fire). There is a scene where Shosanna is unwillingly and unexpectedly sitting…
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'.
“Au revior Shosanna!”
Isn't every film a big lie? Almost every film creates some characters and puts them in the middle of a dramatic situation and then pretends that it is showing us the truth. Movies take some facts and by dramatizing them they make something new, something that has never existed before. This may explain the significance of cinema, you can lie and then show this lie to other people and if you’re a good liar then people will enjoy what they’re watching , but people lie when they have something to fear, when they are ashamed of what has happened. So why not to change something as…
Many, many films have played hard and fast with history over the decades, especially those that have dealt with World War 2. Many of those have even chosen to stir fictional incidents and characters in with fact.
I can only presume, then, that the problem that some people seemed to have with Quentin Tarantino's decision to make a war film that chose to play completely by its own rules and narrative is the fact that it was made by Tarantino. I suspect if Inglourious Basterds had been made by almost anyone else that no-one would have much cared about the liberties that he takes with history and even the outcome…
It has its moments, but I didn't like this one very much.
Guilty pleasure. Badass movie.
A more disjointed film than I originally remember; it felt like the film was built around the tense table scenes, rather than them running fluidly within the film. The concurrent plotlines (Aldo Raine and Shosanna's) just didn't converge well enough - they were too separate.
But Waltz's Landa is superb, doing a fine job at holding this together, and the story climaxes wonderfully. By God, Tarantino sure does make an enjoyable movie with style.
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This most likely could be a 5/5 but man this movie is freaking great. This film really made me intriguied from frame one and literally, for a 2 and a half hour long movie, kept it interesting through it's rich storytelling, some excellent performances and, of course, awesome direction by Tarantino. However, some scenes go on for way to long and they easily could've been cut down but anyways, it's a remarkable film that I really like. Not my favorite Tarantino film, but still it's pretty damn close.
On my top 3 Tarantino films. Excellent.
Still a masterpiece--or, a BINGOOO!!!! (How fun!)
Although the title is taken from Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 'Macaroni Combat' film "The Inglourious Bastards" I was struck by how these 'Basterds' are supporting characters in their own film. A full on World War 2 action film following their exploits could've been a lot of fun but instead Tarantino remakes "Rocky IV" swapping the Cold War for WW2 and boxing for filmmaking.
I've got a feeling I might not have seen this since I first got the DVD back in 2010 and unfortunately it was not at all as good as I remember. Like many of his films it's episodic, there is some great dialogue, moments of violence etc - but it lacks any real emotion. For me, only…
What can I say? A work of motherfucking art. Maybe even better than Pulp Fiction. I wish I'd seen it earlier.
Y'know something, Utivich? I think this might be (Tarantino's) masterpiece.
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