Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

When I first heard about Inglourious Basterds (2009) way back in 2007, my stomach did a little back-flip. I was a huge fan of Pulp Fiction, and all of Quentin Tarantino's work, so I couldn't wait for a war-film that he was working on. Okay, his spelling isn't perfect, but I guess that makes this movie stand out, and I can tell you, to me, it's better than all of his other work. Basterds is a long movie, and you really have to know QT's work to really appreciate it. It is divided into 5 chapters, and they all follow the story of Jews in Nazi-occupied France, who are out to kill any Nazi's they can find. We meet all sorts of characters, the main in which is Brad Pitt's Aldo Raine, a Jew from Tennessee who wants his Nazi's scalps-100 of them!!! He is the head of the 'Basterds', which is also made up of some fellow bad-ass Jews (Eli Roth probably has one of the funniest characters), and has the added help of German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), who is a secret spy. Meanwhile, elsewhere, there is a young Jew girl, Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent), who witnessed the massacre of her family in 1941, but managed to escape and be living in France under the fake name of Emanuelle Minieux. She has a cinema, which mainly shows German films, and has an attack plan to kill Nazi's, all of her own. In true Quentin Tarantino style, the film is violent, and is also filled with so much wit and dark comedy, coming mainly from the actors. I was engaged, but a few times the script dropped the ball, but otherwise, this film was great!

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