Saturday, August 7, 2010

"That's a bingo!"... and other things I love about Inglourious Basterds

As promised in my last post, here is a post devoted to my rewatch of Inglourious Basterds. This won't bore you out of your tree like my The Dark Knight one probably did.
Every time I watch this movie again, it's all I think about for days. And then once I am over my short Inglourious Basterds phase, I forget about it and stick it back on my DVD shelf. It's a funny routine I have gotten into with movies I absolutely love. But hey, it's the good movies we should be watching, yes?

Here's another list on another movie I really like:
I like...Christoph Waltz. Who doesn't after seeing this movie? I had never even heard of him up until seeing this movie, and probably never would have if he had turned Hans Landa down. But Hans Landa is the role of a lifetime. Waltz made it completely his, to the extent that even though Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role, I couldn't see anyone else actually playing him.
I like...all the multilingual-ness of it. I wouldn't have really pictured this film to be mostly subtitles, especially considering that Brad Pitt was it's headline star and Quentin Tarantino was the writer/director. I guess that that would have put most people off (the subtitles, I mean). But the fact that over 2/3's of the movie is subtitled didn't distract me, or the audiences from watching this movie. With English, French, German and a little bit of Italian, this film pulls off the incomparable task of bringing languages together but not losing the viewers attention.
I like...the girls being as tough as the boys, but still looking like ladies. One of the biggest reasons as to why I love Quentin Tarantino: he creates female characters that totally kick butt instead of being pretty little accessories with serious anger issues. Shoshanna Dreyfus/Emanuelle Mimieux (Melanie Laurent) acts and dresses like a guy for most of the movie, but when she comes up with the plan to burn her cinema down, it makes you wonder-is she the femme fatale or the girl who is doing what a guy should have done ages ago? Also, Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger, the should have been Oscar nominee), was once a German actress, but then turned into a spy. Because she is a woman, no one would have believed that she could be such a traitor. But that doesn't exactly stop Hans Landa from unleashing his man power on her towards the end.
I like...the fact that this isn't historically correct. If we wanted to know what really happened, we would go down to the library and get a book out about it, right? Or just go and rent one of the 50,000 other historically correct war movies that have already been made. But when you take a historic period of time and give it a fictional outlook, the result can be a hell of a lot of fun...
I's like five short films in one long film. Over long? Maybe just a tad. But that is Quentin Tarantino, and if you don't like it, then don't watch any more of his movies. Each of the chapters is filled with his trademark meaty dialogue, complete with lots of guns and death (in a good way, unlike Green Zone). Hell, you could watch one chapter and think you just watched an episode of a funny version of Band of Brothers.
I like...that Quentin Tarantino unleashes his astounding knowledge of cinema in this film. If I were I like any film writer, I think I would be like Quentin Tarantino. Because my characters could be falling off a cliff or something and they would be talking about the ending of Inception. In this film, we find out lots about the film industry back in the war days, because Tarantino will subtly put in there a conversation about Leni Riefenstahl or something of the like. Who needs film school? We have Quentin Tarantino movies.
I like...the end. Bloody. Awesome. Ending. That fire? So reminded me of Carrie on so many levels (that happens to be one of QT's favourite movies of all time). And then the final line..."You know what? This just might be my masterpiece." Totally. Awesome.

Consesus: I like Inglourious Basterds.

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