Thursday, August 27, 2009

Inglorious Basterds


QT's Inglorious Basterd's is in my opinion his best film. This by no means is an objective analysis. When I was a child my dad had a knack for old school ww2 films. Every weekend that we didn't go to the cinema, we would throw on The Longest Day, Kelly's Heroes, Dirty Dozen, Tora Tora, ect (you get the point). My dad in his infinite wisdom would say "the Nazi's were a worthy adversary." This film reminded me of the old times watching people kick Nazi ass with my dad. So nostalgia plays a huge part in my love for IB.

First off, most the old ww2 films that QT is post modernizing were clocking in at over 2.5 hrs. Dirty Dozen is long and only has one small action sequence at the end, but the movie is phenomenal. IG is also long and most people I talk to think he should have cut a half hour out. For audiences today he might have considered it.

The Good: There is two stories with good guys, but my favorite "good" guy is Eli Roth, who wields a baseball bat when it comes to Nazi torturing. I never really like Roth, but him playing a pissed off Jew with one goal: KILL NAZI, really brought out the mandom in him.


The Bad: The single best performance in this film is by Christoph Waltz, who plays a Jew hunting Nazi. The first sequence of the film sets him up as one smart, sick, and villainous Nazi. "Where does the hawk look? He looks in the barn, he looks in the attic, he looks in the cellar, he looks everywhere *he* would hide, but there's so many places it would never occur to a hawk to hide. However, the reason the F├╝hrer's brought me off my Alps in Austria and placed me in French cow country today is because it does occur to me. Because I'm aware what tremendous feats human beings are capable of once they abandon dignity." Col. Hans Landa.


The Badass: Brad Pitt is one BAMF. "I think you show great talent. And I pride myself on having an eye for that kind of talent. Your status as a Nazi killer is... still amateur. We all come here to see if you wanna go pro... "

The Beautiful: Our heroine played by Melanie Laurent is a pissed French woman, who wants to kill Nazi's (who would have thought). It's hard to talk about her character without spoilers so I'm just gonna say she looked stunning in the end sequence.

Over all this film proves to be a funny trip down Nazi killin lane, that we all need to take again, so please go check it out.








9 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked it - I'm gonna watch it, as I watch every Tarantino film that comes out. But, I'm deeply concerned about Brad Pitt being in the lead role. How distracting. Everything he does has that contrived air to it - I used to like him as a youngster, but I think that's cos he was hot. Now, he's just annoying (much like Johnny Depp).

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  2. He is in it less than you think actually lol. Its not his movie :D

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  3. Love the quotes! Agreed, the Colonel is crazy and the show-stealer. Eli Roth and Brad Pitt are hilarious, but you forgot to mention Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz. I liked him too, although he is not in the film enough.

    Still think it's too long, but we all know about my prejudice regarding runtime. Haha. Probably Quentin's best though for sure.

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  4. This looks so cool. I haven't seen it, yet. But, I can't wait to.

    By the way, I like the profile picture and bio. Pretty funny.

    JM

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  5. I loved Eli Roth in this. Great movie all in all.
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  6. After the jaw-dropping disappointment that was 'Deathproof' and the mediocre 'Kill Bill' (just didn't do much for me, despite being a kung fu fan) I'm very much hoping this is a return to form of sorts. Luckily, everything I read seems to suggest it is. Looks very dirty dozen-ish. Bring on pay day.

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  7. I enjoyed Kill Bill and moreover Kill Bill 2, but the trailer for IB looked phenomenal. Still waiting for DVD, but I will be picking it up immediately upon release. Glad to see another positive review! Cant get any better than QT's best action flick =D

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  8. I agree - Tarantino's best yet. Brilliant. Even if an 80s David Bowie track seemed out of place in a 40s set war movie!

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