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Inglorious Bastards (2009) Movie Review

 Inglorious Bastards (2009)

 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz

 Lt. Aldo Raine: My name is Lt. Aldo Raine and I'm putting together a special team, and I need me eight soldiers. Eight Jewish-American soldiers. Now, y'all might've heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, we'll be leaving a little earlier. We're gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we're in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin' guerrilla army, we're gonna be doin' one thing and one thing only... killin' Nazis. Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die. Now, I'm the direct descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me. And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?

The Basterds: YES, SIR!

 

Lets see, we've got Nazis, a bloodthirsty guerrilla group called the Bastards (An American group no less), and Frenchmen. Did I also mention that this is Tarantino? If you haven’t got the memo, yes, my friend, this movie is violent. Violent and graphic. (In other words, it’s R for a reason.) So if you have a problem stomaching blundering, shooting, or scalping then this is not for you.

Go away.

Inglorious Bastards is a somewhat layered story about the Bastards (Go figure) and their murderous escapade in Nazi occupied France. Walking in to this movie, I’ve got to say, I wasn’t really hopeful. The reviews had been at extremes, meaning you either love it or hate it, and usually that is a bad sign for big budget movies such as this. Fortunately, this movie surprised me, and overall, was quite enjoyable.

Ok, here is the break down:

 

Acting: The acting was excellent, with a phenomenal performance from Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine), Mélanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus), and Christoph Waltz (Col. Hans Landa). Pitt approached the role of Lt. Aldo Raine with a sense of personality that you only see from someone with experience. Under his command, Aldo not only came to life with a Tennessee accent but also gave a sense of humor to the story. Humor is essential in such a dark setting, adding to the overall entertainment of the film.

         While Pitt brought humor, Mélanie Laurent brought the drama. Miss Laurent played the tragic role of Shosanna Dreyfus, a Jewish cinema owner living in Nazi occupied France. Miss Laurent performs with a sense of grace, portraying not only Shosanna’s fear, but also her masked hatred of the Nazis for massacring her family. Her performance was quite effective, causing the audience to admire and respect her strength.

Lastly, Christopher Waltz was both hilarious and frightening in his role of Col. Hans Landa of the Third Reich. In this film, Waltz is the worst type of villain, the friendly kind. In every scene Waltz is in, you are constantly on edge. His unpredictable nature adds to the suspense of the film, making it enjoyable.

         On the negative side, Mike Myers should not have been in this film. Though his part was small, it was distracting, and brought the whole film down.

 

Set: Could have been better.

Cinematography: artistic and balanced.

Direction: Fantastic.

 

Gore Factor: Tarantino tends to lean towards the graphic side when it comes to gore in his films. Personally, I don’t care for it, but it was a necessary factor in this movie.

 

Script: This movie was very unique in the way it was told. Instead of being broken up into scenes (like most screen plays), this film was also broken up into chapters. Though this added a sense of style to the film, it made no sense and took away from the story.

There are also certain character choices that I thought seemed a bit too cookie cutter. In other words, it didn’t match with what we have previously seen of the character.

         However, on a positive note, the plot was entertaining, and the ending was meaningful.

 

If you are in the mood for an action/dark comedy and don’t have a problem with violence, I recommend Inglorious Bastards, playing in theaters near you.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sQhTVz5IjQ

 

Critic Stars: * * ½   (I don’t think it is going to win any awards in other words)

My Stars: * * *

Comments

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fatpie42
Sep. 28th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
I agree with you completely on the Mike Myer's thing. My original thoughts on it were as follows:

Good movie. Not a good Tarantino movie. Mike Myers should be shot at dawn.

I preferred Kill Bill (either volume), but there were some very cool moments to IB. The ending actually reminded me of the ending of Natural Born Killers (the Tarantino script, not the cinematic abortion that Oliver Stone released).
cainangrey
Sep. 28th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I haven't seen enough Tarantino films to make that destinction.
Really, I have no idea why Myers was in this.
fatpie42
Sep. 28th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
I've got a horrible suspicion. (If anyone could tell me this wasn't true I'd be very appreciative.) Did Tarantino think that "Austin Powers" showed that Mike Myers could do a 'good' British accent and then cast him accordingly? :s
cainangrey
Sep. 28th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I really hope Tarantino would have a better ear for accents then that.
fatpie42
Sep. 28th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
I've got a horrible suspicion. (If anyone could tell me this wasn't true I'd be very appreciative.) Did Tarantino think that "Austin Powers" showed that Mike Myers could do a 'good' British accent and then cast him accordingly? :s
undeadbydawn
Sep. 29th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Inglourious is a grossly disappointing piece of stale, windfull dross that I deeply regret wasting money on when I could have caught Moon instead.

Tarantino lost the ability to direct anything vaguely interesting in the closing five minutes of Jackie Brown. Kill Bill was staggeringly awful. I say that as a *massive* fan of action cinema.
cainangrey
Sep. 29th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Like I said, this movie was very hit or miss.
You either love it or you hate it.
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