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Friday, August 21, 2009


Ok so before I even get into the meat of this review I need to explain one thing. This film gets two grades. The first grade is the one that this review focus's on, and that is the quality of the movie in its own little fictional Tarantino universe. That grade is a 5. The second grade is for the film goer that follows history so closely that he/she will never understand how something can be 'based on' or 'inspired by'. That grade is a 1. And, if you are the person who picks history over entertainment, I suggest you go home and read your 10th grade history book instead of seeing this.

Make your choice.

If you are reading this text now. I assume you have made your choice and left your history loving self at home and brought all your Nazi-bashing friends out to see something that is really good, and is truly Quintin Tarantino at his finest.

And it damn well should be his finest. It's been in development since he finished up Pulp Fiction. When was that.... oh .... 1994.

But through cast changes and script changes left and right, something truly excellent emerged. This is the story of a team of Jewish soldiers led by LT. Aldo Raine, who are hellbent on destroying 100 Nazi's each. This team also features the notorious "Bear Jew", played by Eli Roth, a New York Jew who loves nothing more than smacking a Nazi's head in with his baseball bat.

The second story is about a girl named Soshanna and the Nazi's she escapes, when "The Jew Hunter" finds and kills her entire family. The stories tie together well, after all it all fits together when its all about Nazi hunting.

Mike Myers has a nice little cameo as well as a British general, but the role does nothing for his career.

The film has amazing cinematography and editing. Though there is not much violence, you feel like there is, and every scene has you on edge the entire time. This is a good thing because Tarantino's dialogue to action ration is often very skewed, and the tension keeps you feeling like it is moving along - even when it isn't.

So for my final verdict, I must give the film a 4. Here is why. It really screwed up history time line, and there is way to much sitting and no action - specially for a war piece. But the dialogue, the jokes, and all the timing makes up for it and makes Inglourious Basterds something I would certainly recommend. Check it out on the big screen.


drl said...

OK, I loved this film. But to say there is not much violence - wow! I do not want to live in your part of town if you think there wasn't much violence.

Let's see:
* Swastika carving in the forehead.
* Savage beating with a Louisville slugger.
* Barehanded strangling.
* Throat cutting.
* Stabbing in the back of the head with a two foot knife.
* Using machine guns to mow down a crowd trapped in a burning building.
* 4 or 5 shots to the torso from a Lugar at close range.
* etc.

"Inglourious Basterds" makes a Sam Peckinpaw film look like watching the teletubbies.

But I loved this film.

drl said...

"Though there is not much violence, you feel like there is"

Perhaps you are right Ezra - there wasn't much scalping, I just felt like there was.

But I loved this film.

Ezra Edmond said...

Like Pulp Fiction, there is a lot of referred to violence, and when there is violence it comes very heavy handidly, but as compared to many other films of the same genere, the action sequences are few and far between.

drl said...

OK, but all of the "references" are visual!

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