Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 5 months ago
Written August 20, 09
“Inglourious Basterds” is one of the most intensifying films I’ve seen all year & there’s no doubt in my mind this HAS TO BE nominated for something. Having been psyched about this film and finally viewing it, I walked out wishing I were an American Jew back in the day & having participated in such a cut-throat mission for both my people & heritage. WOW - I can't believe I just typed that.
In honor of one of the greatest screen-writers & directors, I will indulge with my review of this film with his kind of forte. For starters, Holy Mary mother of Jesus & baby-Jesus Batman, this was a fan-f*cking-tastic film. Open and maniacal in every vile way one can imagine. No short cuts of any sorts, clear in the direction he wanted this story to be presented, it’s got all the intensity that depicts a war film, well cast and truly a unique vision towards a creative way in the sense of how he (Quentin Tarantino) wanted it to be. Sure the film’s an adaptation, but how many times does Hollywood ever keep it to the core of anything. That’s what’s great about manning a ship. The overall concept of this film pertains towards WWII, however; it’s his version of a WWII film. If you’ve felt stomach gurgling before for Hitler or Nazis in general, this masterpiece of cinematic art will alter that to the next level and make you wanna scalp them yourself. In order to even begin to have this film set in, I start off by saying if you’re not familiar with Q.T. at all or his work (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Volumes, Pulp Fiction, and Death Proof) it’ll be pretty hard to swallow (t)his load. No pun intended.
Outside of the obvious by having taken a deep dive among German/French culture, aura and style, bringing this piece to a much larger scale of audience in America is a testament to Tarantino’s diversity and true love of cinema and it’s definition. His eye towards casting also never seems to fail as he’s known to always go-against-the-grain so to speak & pull talent lots would feel would be a gamble due to being unknown or “washed up” or simply for not having the “it factor” in order to give life to certain characters. And for some reason, this man has ways of giving studios the finger & doing it his way by bringing who he feels has the right set hanging (top or bottom) to deliver. And holy sh*t did he display just that with the bastards, I mean ‘Basterds’ as he so eloquently spells it for the sake of art. Brad Pitt as “Lt. Aldo Raine” was simply brilliant with his Southern accent & bad-ass approach towards mission purposes, especially when enforcing his obtaining of 100 “Nah’zi scalps” as he enforces. Eli Roth as “Sgt Donnie Donowitz” couldn’t have been better as his acting is just as edgy & sharp as his directing (Hostel, Cabin Fever). Then there’s the scary, yet outstanding German Head of Security “Col. Hans Landa” played by Christoph Waltz, with his creepy likeability, intellect and humor, yet one of the vilest of all in the film. The list goes on & chemistry among all was on point. I was also shocked to have seen “Austin Powers” (Mike Meyers) who was also pretty good as “Gen Ed Fenech”.
The stories behind this film leads towards a German-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own…
A definite must see for film freaks, geeks, hoes & gigolos.
Oh yeah… by having completed this review, you’re now an official “Basterd” as well.