23 août, 2009

A review by someone who blew up Hitler’s face with a bazooka!INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Movie Review

Man do we love World War II. We love this demonstration of liberty destroying the evil Nazis. In fact, we love this event so much that even to this day, we get a lot of media based on these events every single. And while a lot of them are historically accurate, there is also the other side where creators take this war into a “What if” scenario. These ideas made classic games like Bionic Commando and Wolfenstein, but they are mostly in the science-fiction department. Inglourious Basterds, the new WWII epic by Quentin Tarantino, takes us in a great comic book vision of the battle. And all I can really say about it is that, well… it is a Tarantino film in every way, shape or form. It features every thing we’ve come to expect from the director.

By that, I’m saying we get all of his fingerprints, which includes explicit violence, long dialogues, references to other works and finally, long dialogues referencing other movies ending in bloody ways. And every act of the story works like this. Because of this, some people might be disappointed since they were expecting a very action packed adventure, while the movie takes a long time to get its action rolling. For every minute of gunfight, we get at least 10 to 15 minutes of good dialogue. Rest assured; the violence here is very effective and does a very good contrast with the build-up. And yet I still didn’t tell what this movie is about…

Inglourious Basterds pretty much focuses on two parallel stories that end up crossing each other. The first one is about, well, the Bastards. A group of Jewish soldiers led by Lt. Aldo Raine, exterminating every Nazi they come across since 1941. But as much as they occupied the advertising for this movie, they are not the primarily focus of the entire story. That title actually comes to the character of Shosanna Dreyfus, a young French-jewish girl, owner of a movie theatre, and her plan to burn every Nazi officer attending the premiere of a propaganda film. Her storyline is given much more story progression than the first one.

The casting of the film is… actually pretty big because of the number of characters. However, I think only two are worth mentioning in this movie review. Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine does a great in this film, but I must give that credit to the character itself with its personality and accent. He is by far the most entertainment character of the film. On the other hand, Christoph Waltz, who plays a Nazi detective, really surprised me. He’s just amazing as he plays this characters that is sinister, yet fascinating. He also acts in four different languages. Oh right I forgot; Inglourious Basterds has three languages that the film constantly uses. One third of the movie is in English, one French, one Dutch and we also have a little bit of Italian for a small plot device in the end.

Inglourious Basterds is actually a pretty hard film to review because; I just want to be honest with you guys: I left the theatre with a not-so-great feeling about this movie. The only other film I saw from Tarantino was Pulp Fiction so that raises the bar really high. I will definitely have to watch it again when it comes out on Blu-Ray just to be clear in my head but what I can say right now is that it is entertaining, it has everything you expect from a Tarantino movie, but you have to be ready for this, just like you have to be ready for this war. Sounds good?

Oh by the way, they’re something really funny I need to tell. I saw two people in the audience that I’m sure were 60-70 years old, I shit you not. Maybe I should have seen them to know why they came here, that would have made my day so much.


(Vincent Émond)

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