Movie Review: INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

inglourious-basterds-posterOf course we couldn’t let this weekend go by without going to see Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino’s new revenge WWII movie.  We both think it was worth spending our hard-earned cash (what little we have of it) on a movie ticket!

Here’s Anna’s take on the movie:

I’m not as big of a Quentin Tarantino fan as Serena, and I wasn’t sure what to think of this movie from the commercials I’d seen, but I was willing to give it a try…if anything to hear Serena burst out laughing every time Brad Pitt said “Nazi” in that Tennessee accent.

I wasn’t disappointed.  In fact, Inglourious Basterds now ranks among my favorite films of all time.  The movie, which takes place in Nazi-occupied France, is told in chapters and basically follows SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz, who totally deserves an Oscar for his performance), also known as “The Jew Hunter;” Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his “Basterds” who hunt and kill Nazis; and Shosanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish woman who escapes Landa at the beginning of the movie, changes her name, and ends up running a cinema in Paris.  In their own way, each of these characters ends up at the premiere of a propaganda film in which Hitler, Goebbels, Göring, and Bormann are slated to attend.  That’s enough about the plot.

In true Tarantino style, Inglourious Basterds is violence galore.  Raine tells his men to each bring him 100 Nazi scalps, and one of his men has no qualms about using a baseball bat to bring down the Nazis.  They always let one German soldier survive to tell of the terror inflicted by the Basterds, and this soldier will wear a swastika engraved on his forehead forever.  So if this kind of violence bothers you, you’ll probably want to avoid this movie.

A lot of the movie is in dialogue, and the characters might sit at a table and talk for 20 minutes or so.  Having seen a few of Tarantino’s previous films, I knew that these scenes would end in an all-out gun battle or something similar.  And I was right.

It’s hard to say why I found such violence and mayhem entertaining.  Maybe because the Nazis get what they deserve, the dialogue was truly funny in some parts, the characters were captivating, and the story itself was brilliantly composed.  Though almost 3 hours long, I was surprised when it ended, as I could have sat through another few hours without blinking.  It was that good.

mondays-movie-jpg1Here’s Serena’s take on the movie:

Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is the most linear of his films and tells a fairly cohesive story from beginning to end.  Descriptions that call this move a revenge film are accurate.  The film, which stars Brad Pitt, pits Jewish-American soldiers under the command of Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine against the Nazi’s in Occupied France, and let’s say the Nazi’s get some of their own medicine in a big way.  Raine, aka the Apache, scalps his victims, while another member of the Inglourious Basterds hits Nazis out of the park with his Louisville Slugger.

Unlike other Tarantino films where violence and blood are a primary focus, many of these scenes flit on the screen and vanish so the actors can deliver their lines and character mannerisms with aplomb.  Each chapter provides viewers with an inside look at the various elements at work in the final scene (which rewrites the end of WWII), and while these scenes do not become increasingly more violent, they do unravel the behind-the-scenes plotting among the Basterds, the OSS (the precursor to the U.S. CIA), and a French cinema owner, Shosanna.

Christoph Waltz who plays Nazi Colonel Hans Landa steals the show in the movie with his cut-throat tactics, top-notch detective work, and his odd behavior as a twisted Nazi.  A couple scenes were incongruous with the characters of Landa and Shosanna toward the end of the film, but they were not enough of a distraction. 

Inglourious Basterds is one of the best Tarantino films to date with nods to previous WWII movies like The Dirty Dozen.

We both give Inglourious Basterds 5 bags of popcorn!!

Check out the trailer:

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24 Comments

  1. My husband REALLY wants to see this movie (not sure if he wants to see it so bad he will hire a babysitter though!). I have always been drawn to Tarantino’s gratuitous violence…ala Pulp Fiction and Kill Bills. Knowing that and my love for anything WWII, I’m pretty sure I would like this.

  2. Sandy, that being said, I have no doubt that you will love it as much as we did. It’s totally worth hiring a babysitter!

    –Anna

  3. Sandy: You and I have a love for QT in common…not to mention the WWII!

    Pulp Fiction is my all-time favorite movie…and Inglourious Basterds is right up there!

    Hire the babysitter…or leave hubby with the kids…either way…see this movie.

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  5. Sounds cool, I might just like it….though not so sure about those scenes where they talk for 20 min, hm, still will see it 🙂
    S0 far I have like one Tarantino movie, that doesn’t bode well

  6. So glad you both liked this one. I saw it yesterday with my husband and we both really loved it. There is something so artful about Tarantino despite the blood and guts (yes, had to close my eyes during that baseball scene)–the way that the music and acting and screen shots all come together is really remarkable. Great reviews both of you!

  7. Blodeuedd: I think you might like this one. It is his most linear and not as violent as his previous films.

    Trish: I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I think its one of his best.

  8. Wow.. Sounds great. Though, i won’t like much of blood -bath and fighting, i would still want to see i!
    I will definitely order this when it is out on DVD

  9. Both my son and my nephew have told me I wouldn’t make it through this movie. I’m sorry, but Brad Pitt doesn’t get the Southern accent right, in my humble opinion. Y’all need to get the screenplay – I’ve heard there’s a scene that’s left out.

  10. I really enjoy hearing about this film from another woman’s point of view. I have enjoyed all of Tarantino’s movies, but always have to talk people into going with me. It sounds like he has gotten more subtle in how he shows the violence to the audience, without losing his trademark.

  11. Veens: Anna turned away from the screen a lot.

    Bermudaonion: There is a scene that is left out, but QT is thinking about doing a prequel. I think the “exaggerated” Southern accent is done on purpose. QT seems to have a flare for the melodramatic in his movies, with exaggerated accents and mannerisms.

    Elizabeth: Yes, I would say this is more subtle than most of his movies in terms of violence, etc. I really enjoyed this one…and I know what you mean about having to convince people to go to the QT movies.

  12. Blodeuedd: Don’t let the extensive dialogue put you off. The conversations were very interesting in my opinion. I wasn’t bored once.

    Trish: You’re right about that. I thought this movie was brilliant.

    Veens: I don’t purchase too many movies, but I definitely will buy this one. I didn’t look away at first, but then I forced myself to look at the screen doing the grossest parts for fear I’d miss something!

    Bermudaonion: I’m with Serena…I think the accent was exaggerated on purpose.

    Elizabeth: I haven’t seen too many QT movies…just Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms aside from this one, and that was years ago. So I can’t say whether the violence is more subtle in this movie. It didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would…now I wonder what that says about me?? LOL

  13. Great reviews Anna and Serena! I’m in the LOVED IT category! Definitely one for the “must own” list, especially with all the specials features common in Tarantino’s DVD releases.

  14. Bobbi: Thanks! Glad to hear you loved it, too.

  15. I’ve seen my share of his movies so I already know that the violence isn’t for me but this does sound like one my sons and husband would really enjoy. Great reviews Ladies!!

  16. Staci: Thanks! The movie definitely isn’t for everyone. Let us know what your husband and sons think if they see it.

  17. Wow, your review makes me wish I could see this one, but thank you for giving me enough detail to know I couldn’t watch it. As someone says further up in the comments, I’m going to have to read the screenplay.

  18. Jeanne: I’ve got the screenplay coming my way, and I’m looking forward to reading it. If you get a chance to read it, let me know what you think. 🙂

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