REVIEW: INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
In the first year of the German occupation
of France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the
execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans
Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees
to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and
operator of a cinema.
Elsewhere in Europe, lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt)
organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform
swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their
enemy as "the basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress
and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger)
on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.
Fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is
poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own....
REVIEW: Lt. Aldo Raine: Each and every man
under my command owes me one hundred Nazi scalps... and I
want my scalps!
Lt. Aldo Raine: You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin'
business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin,
Business is a-boomin'.
I thought I had seen it all when it comes to Brad Pitt after
watching his performance in Burn After Reading. He added so
much to that movie with that quirky character, his
performance alone makes it worth watching. Well guess what
friends, he’s done it again. Brad Pitt is the man and he
continues to amaze me. He plays Lt. Aldo Raine (refer to
quotes above) and you just got to see it to believe it. He’s
deadly serious but so incredibly hilarious at the same time,
especially with that accent. Speaking of accents, Diane
Kruger gets to speak her native tongue in this picture
(German) which was nice to see and hear. Eye opening
performances were delivered from these two as well as
Christoph Waltz who plays the central villain, Col. Hans
Landa. He could easily bring chills up anyone’s spine.
Melanie Laurent also hits the bull’s eye with her character,
a persecuted Jew, Shosanna. The overall cast was superbly
selected and the acting by each of them was just as superb
for this kind of flick.
But it’s not all about the actors and the cast, Quentin
Tarantino has done it again also. Just when you thought you
couldn’t be more turned off by his juvenile style of story
telling, BAM! he comes out with this gem. By the way, that
is if his juvenile style turns you off because I for one
enjoy it. It is a unique movie style and it is a lot of fun
to watch. But don’t worry, this movie pleases both schools
of thought. Those that want some more of that classic
Tarantino blood, gore, in your face, no holds barred stuff
will not be disappointed. There is a good amount of that
here too. You’ll get that typical music and sounds you only
hear in a Tarantino film. Actually there are a few moments
extremely reminiscent of Kill Bill as far as music, look and
feel. There is even some Sam Jackson doing a little bit of
the narrative. Those that are turned off by all that will be
pleased to see a less juvenile Tarantino tackling a more
serious subject matter with plenty of drama, intense moments
and scenarios, deep stare downs, a more meaningful story,
and excellent cinematography. My main critique of this film
is that due to the more dramatic nature, some scenes seem to
be a little slow. Keep in mind that this journey is about
two and a half hours long, but very much worth the admission
price. Oh yeah, there are some really funny moments too.
Another interesting aspect is the use of languages. It flows
between English, French, and German quite smoothly.
Something interesting/funny that I noticed was that the
subtitles would read “yes” and sometimes “oui”. Quentin is a
character. As for his body of work, this is easily one of
his best. If you are a Tarantino fan, this is a must see.
Review By Cine Marcos
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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action War
Duration: 2hr 33mins
Staring: Brad Pitt
Rating: R for strong graphic
language and brief sexuality
Release Date: August 21, 2009
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