Screw actual history! This is the kind of stuff I want to be taught in history class!
A Jewish cinema owner (Mélanie Laurent) in occupied Paris is forced to host a Nazi movie premiere, where a radical group of American Jewish soldiers called the Basterds, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), plans to roll out a score-settling scheme. The face-off is about to go down — that’s if Col. Hans Landa aka “The Jew Hunter” (Christoph Waltz, in an Oscar-winning role) doesn’t get in the way.
I watched, and reviewed this last year but something just came back inside of me that I had the total need to see this. It also still lives up to the first time.
One of my favorites of all-time, writer/director Quentin Tarantino is an absolute genius with his work here. Whether it’s on the keyboard, or behind the camera, this crazy son-of-a-bitch knows how to make great movies, and this no different. Now if there’s one thing I know that this film will do, and that’s cause a lot of high school history teachers heart-attacks over the historical inaccuracies here. The way that this film was so historically inaccurate was actually pretty inspiring and awesome to see actually come out on screen, because I’m sort of sick and tired of seeing the Oscar-bait WWII/Holocaust films that Hollywood turns out every year, and I feel like Tarantino is just sticking his middle finger out to that whole machine.
Honestly though, who cares about those inaccuracies because this movie is down-right amazing. The script is just near-perfect with the usual twists and turns you would expect, the film references are there but not so annoying this go-around, and you are constantly on the edge of your seat being entertained, and also wondering what’s just going to happen next. There are many scenes here where I had no idea what was just going to occur next, and the suspense keeps on building up, and up until the final conclusion which is usually just so crazy. Also, let’s not forget that there is plenty of awesome, bloody violence here but nothing that Tarantino fans, have already come to enjoy and understand.
My only problem with this film is that it does drag on too long for some scenes. A lot of this signature talkiness that I have come to know and love from Tarantino, happens and works here, but there are just times where I felt myself wondering just why the hell are they keeping this going for so long. If you also look at the title too, it says Inglorious Basterds. These guys are probably the best parts of the film, but aren’t in it as much since there are about 3 other subplots. However, I still enjoyed these subplots and loved each and every time these Basterds were on screen.
Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine was a freakin’ riot here! He does this cracker-jack shtick that masterfully brings out his comedic charm for this character, and brings out all the well-deserved laughs in between the violence and suspense. In the end, he plays Tarantino’s cartoon character brilliantly, and that’s all we ask for. The whole film was promoted on Pitt, but the real center-piece here is Christoph Waltz in the Oscar-winning role as German S.S. Colonel Hans Landa. I honestly don’t know how this guy could be so good at playing someone so evil? He is probably one of the best good bad guys ever on film, and I know it’s hard to understand but it’s one of those things you have to see to believe. His character is just one of those evil, smart, witty, and manipulative villains that you want to hate so much, but can’t help but commend him for actually being so smart and actually amusing. Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna is also amazing in this role, and really brings out some powerful emotions within her character just by using her facial expressions and it works so well with her character. There is a huge cast here that are also very good such as Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, B.J. Novak, and also a surprisingly very good little cameo from Mike Myers. This guy needs to come back it’s been too long.
Consensus: Though some viewers will be thrown off by a lot of the talking, Quentin Tarantino still has that masterful mind to have viewers thoroughly enjoyed by his amazing script, non-stop suspense, and great acting from the cast that looks like their all just having a great time.
Yes, yes, yes!
This film is great! However, I wasn’t bothered by long conversations. It worked well for me.
Overall, it’s just amazing.
The long conversations bugged me a bit, but not too much. Glad you liked it!
Hollywood usually distorts history in subtle ways. Not Tarantino. He throws it in your face. He knows he’s distorting history. You know he’s distorting history (I hope). I rather like that. Looking forward to his sequel where the Germans drop an atomic bomb on Pearl Harbor.
Hahah that would be awesome! I’d rather see his version of Pearl Harbor than that shit from Michael Bay.
Totally agree. My favourite film of 2009!
Can’t disagree much there my mans!
Yeah, it would have been fun to read Tarantino’s version of world history in school! This movie provided truly memorable experience – the kind only this gleefully crazy director can.
That crazy son-of-a-bitch just knows how to entertain no matter what.
My favourite film of 2009, I could not get enough of it and I can’t wait for Tarantino’s next film. Great review.
Tarantino’s next is going to be awesome! Thanks man!
This is the way World War II SHOULD have ended, and God bless Quentin Tarantino for being crazy enough to make it into a movie.
My only quibble about this movie is its length; it could have benefited from tighter editing. Other than that, I love every minute of it, from the pipe-measuring contest at the beginning to the Jew Hunter’s comeuppance at the end. And, of course, I love Christoph Waltz.
The editing was a slight problem, but Tarantino knows just how to make a near-perfect film.
I read, and enjoyed, the screenplay, but have avoided the movie because Tarantino’s work is usually too violent for me. Glad you enjoyed it.
I can see why you wouldn’t be able to handle it, but you gotta give this a shot. Thanks though!
This is my 2nd favorite film of 2009 behind Antichrist. I love Tarantino’s revisionist approach to World War II and his stylization for the film. It’s definitely one of my favorites.
As for that Mike Myers come back. No. I wouldn’t mind him in small doses and in supporting roles. Yet, after the debacle that was The Love Guru. It will take years for me to forgive him.
I don’t blame you for not being able to take him back, he pissed me off too with that shit. Glad you liked it though Steve!
Fantastic review and I whole-heartedly agree with all your comments. Thanks for stopping by War Through the Generations.
Thanks! No problemo!
I’m not much of a Tarantino fan, but I absolutely loved this movie. The historical inaccuracies were quite refreshing, ensuring that it wasn’t the same ‘ol WWII movie. Too bad Hitler didn’t really meet his end in such an over-the-top fashion! Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw.
It’s an awesome film really. Thanks for stopping by mine yo!
You should have an 11/10 rating and call it OWN THIS SUCKA!! I think that totally applies to this:)
Have to agree with Anna, not a fan of all QT but this is his best to date. Effen love this movie. Pitt was straight awesome “Bonjurno”:)
This is just an awesome film, and I can’t argue with anything you have said.
Maybe Myers will get a role in Tarantino’s Django Unchained? I’d get back on his bandwagon then.
Same, I’d like to see that!
Second favourite film of 2009 behind Let The Right One In. Loved it from the very first scene (which is truly great). Definitely Tarantinos best since Pulp Fiction, maybe even better than PF.
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