Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Inglourious Basterds (2009) R - 4 Stars

I love movies that make you cheer for the little guy even if these little guys are a pack of Inglorious Bastards. This movie is not for everyone, especially if you can't stay up with subtitles, and graphic brutality. But, I found it to be much more entertaining than other Nazi movies like Valkyrie. Unlike Valkyrie, the best part of this movie is they actually speak GERMAN, French and English, making this movie much more believable even though a rather unbelievable story. Quentin Tarantino always finds a way to add his signature punch with a gasp, and in this case, adding that "in your face" realism of the bloody scalping of Nazi's and the bat of the "Bear Jew." Wars not pretty but Tarantino manages to bring a touch of comedy for his show of brutal retribution.

I wonder if Tarantino deliberately meant to have Pitt talking like a cartoon character but all an all the characters are consistent with their personalities. Even the evil German head of Security has a devilish edge to make him all so much more persuading, almost causing you to shed pity on.

Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), watched her family slaughtered by Nazi's head of Security Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Barley escaping with her life and her new devotion of hatred for the Germans, she flees to Paris operating a cinema. As her theater prepares for the French premiere of "The Nation's Pride," she has her own agenda to getting even with the Germans.

Lt. Aldo "Apache" Raine's (Brad Pitt), motto is "The only good Nazi is a dead Nazi." Now that Germany has occupied France and killing off the Jews, Lt. Aldo enlists the services of a few good men, all dead set of killing any Nazi they encounter. His small band of missionaries include, Bostonian Sgt. Donnie "The Bear Jew" Donowitz (Eli Roth), Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger), Lt. Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender), Pfc. Omar Ulmer (Omar Doom), Pfc. Smithson Utivich (B.J. Novak), Gen Ed Fenech (Mike Myers), and PFC Hirschberg (Samm Levine). Aldo's squad joins up with German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), to help infiltrate deeper with the Germans. But the squad is found out when they order drinks not knowing the proper hand symbol for three.

When German's Head of Security Col. Hans Landa, who would sell his mothers soul to come out on top, learns of their plot to kill Hitler as he attends the premiere, he negotiates with the gang to ensure his own asses security. But Aldo's gang will make sure he'll never be able to keep his secret.

Nominated for 8 Oscar's.

2010 - Academy Award Winner - Best Supporting Actor

Lawrence Bender Productions, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures GmbH, The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Producers: Lawrence Bender
I viewed 1/10

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