Friday, January 22, 2010

Inglourious Basterds: Movie Review

Inglourious Basterds
Directed by: Quenten Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, and Diane Kruger


A group of hardened Nazi killers stalk their prey in Nazi-occupied France as a Jewish cinema owner plots to take down top-ranking SS officers during the official premiere of a high-profile German propaganda film. As far as Lt. Aldo Raine (aka Aldo the Apache", Brad Pitt) -- is concerned, the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. Raine's mission is to strike fear into the heart of Adolf Hitler by brutally murdering as many goose-steppers as possible, or die trying. In order to accomplish that goal, Lt. Raine recruits a ruthless team of cold-blooded killers known as "The Basterds" which includes baseball-bat-wielding Bostonian Sgt. Donnie Donowitz (aka "The Bear Jew," Eli Roth) and steely psychopath Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), among others. When the Basterds' secret rendezvous with turncoat German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) goes awry, they learn that the Nazis will be staging the French premiere of "The Nation's Pride," a rousing propaganda film based on the exploits of German hero Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brühl), at a modest theater owned by Jewish cinephile Shoshanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), posing as a Gentile after the brutal murder of her family by the ruthless Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). As the Basterds hatch an explosive plan to take out as many Nazis as possible at the premiere, they remain completely oblivious to the fact that Shoshanna, too, longs to bring the Third Reich to its knees, and that she's willing to sacrifice her beloved theater in the process.
--Jason Buchanan

This movie was awesome. I loved it. The scenary and detail that Tarantino put into this film were really good. He showed the smallest details, which I adored.

Now, this movie isn't for everyone, and it's not supposed to be historically accurate, so don't watch it thinking it's going to be like your regular WWII movies, because it's far from it.

Brad Pitt's character made me laugh, but I think the two that really stole the show for me were Laurent and Waltz. They were fabulous. They delivered their dialouge perfectly, their postures and physical timing was great. Without these two actors, I don't know how the show would've been. They were both just perfect for their characters.

This movie is pretty long, running at two hours and about thirty minutes, but it doesn't feel that long. Tarantino is great at keeping the audience entertained and wanting more. I'm definitely going to be buying this movie, and highly recommend it. It's not even the plot that sold me, it was how he filmed it. The end product is just...dazzling, almost. A great movie I'm definitely going to be buying.

My rating: 8/10

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