Run Time: 153 min Directed: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent Christoph Waltz
The title and trailer might suggest that this movie is about a bunch of cool brave undercover allied forces killing Nazis and having a bit of a laugh along the way, but you would be wrong.
Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine) makes an appearance here and there with the basterds, but the Movie seems to have two story lines, for the most part it seems to be centred around a Jewish girl named Shosanna Dreyfus who manages to escape the Nazis at the beginning of the movie and who then goes on to open a cinema in France, to which a famous Nazi soldier then takes a liking to her unaware she is Jewish he starts a relationship with her, as a result she quite unbelievably manages to get the whole German top dogs including Hitler to watch a movie in her cinema.
Brad and the basterds completely independently of her manage to get an invite to this and plan to strap dynamite to their legs in order to blow them all to pieces, they are unaware that Shosanna is also planning on killing them to, by setting light to a pile of old film reels behind the screen therefore hoping to burn them all to death, and there seems to be some sort of disclaimer that film reels apparently burn faster than paper, not sure why the Movie needed to be interrupted to tell us that, perhaps we would all have been watching the film reels burning and thinking WOW! Those film reels are burning faster than paper, somebody get me an expert on flammable material.
The German and Jewish characters speak German and French and therefore it’s subtitled for a lot of the film, which is not really what I’m after when I go to watch a movie, I’m after a visual audio experience, but luckily some of the scenes wouldn’t of worked like that, so conveniently Tarantino switches the same people to speaking English at the drop of a hat.
In a nut shell it is a very long drawn out film not historically accurate with long scenes usually set in one room where at the end you know someone will get shot and you really don’t care who, by that time you have fallen asleep anyways, the gunfire will wake you up briefly but then you can snooze off again for another 30 mins.
Some critics have said that Tarantino should have been reeled in when making this movie, I personally think he should have been wheeled out.