Friday, September 18, 2009

Movie Review of Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds - 7.5/10
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Cast - Brad Pitt,Eli Roth,Diane Krueger,Till Schweiger,Christoph Waltz

Plot Summary
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 soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

I've always enjoyed Quentin Tarantino's movies.My favourite of course is the unforgettable and often quoted,Pulp Fiction.After watching the trailer,I have to admit I was rather excited for quite a few's a new Tarantino flick.2.Brad Pitt is acting. 3.It has nazis in it.But after watching Basterds,I was pretty much satisfied with the whole outcome.Basterds has all the traditional Tarantino trademark camera shots,a traditional Tarantino trademark script and of course traditional Tarantino trademark acting with usually 1 or 2 characters which will definitely stand out from the rest of the cast.These characters whom I am referring to are of course, Bard Pitt's Lt. Aldo Raine,a thick Tennesse accented leader of the basterds and much to my surprise(and delight) Christoph Waltz's cunning,pipe smoking (Standartenführer)Col.Hans Landa of the Waffen-SS turned Sicherheitsdienst (SD, Security Service) officer.Of the two characters,I'm pretty sure most of you will enjoy Col.Hans Landa even more.The rest of the cast were brilliant as well and everyone acted their part pretty well(but no one can do an Adolf Hitler like Bruno Ganz can in (Der Untergang) Downfall).
Direction was as usual..good.I liked the cameraworks alot especially the scene where you can see the camera moves from one point of view to another rather quickly so as to capture a 3 man conversation.Damn nice.I did however feel the editing department could have done a tad more better though as there was a sense of rush during the last 1/2 hour mark.But I read from somewhere that Tarantino had to rush the editing so as to put it out at Cannes.

I would recommend watching Inglourious Basterds on a weekend only if you are a Quentin Tarantino fan.If you are a fan of World War 2 movies,you will be sorely disappointed cause Basterds is not based on actual facts at all.But if you want to be a fan of Tarantino's works,I suggest you start off with Pulp Fiction then make your way to Inglourious Basterds.

Best Quote
Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz: Say auf wiedersehen to your Nazi balls.

Lt. Archie Hicox: Well, if this is it, old boy, I hope you don't mind if I go out speaking the King's?

Col. Hans Landa: What a tremendously hostile world that a rat must endure. Yet not only does he survive, he thrives. Because our little foe has an instinct for survival and preservation second to none... And that Monsieur is what a Jew shares with a rat.

Lt. Aldo Raine: We got a German here who wants to die for his country! Oblige him!

Recommended movies done by the director
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Jackie Brown