In typical Quentin Tarantino style, this film packs a whole lot of awesome. Tarantino brings great dialogue and cinematic genius to the screen with Inglorious Basterds starring Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, Mike Meyers and B.J. Novak.
This movie takes place in Nazi occupied France in the midst of World War II. There are two story lines that are followed through the chapters. One is of a group part of the American secret service behind enemy lines. A team of Jewish Americans with only one objective: Killing Nazis. They are as cruel as the Nazi and show no mercy. They are the Basterds. Under the command of Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) these men ambush and take down Germans in their own territory. Then they receive a mission that could change the course of the war or even end the war itself.
The second story line is about Shosanna Dreyfus, a Jewish girl from France who’s family is massacred by “Jew Hunter” Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) of the SS, a massacre in which she barely escapes with her life. Years later we find that she owns a cinema in Paris and has caught the eye of German Private Fredrick Zoller(Daniel Bruhl). Now Shosanna finds herself entangled in German affairs and finds herself in a situation that she can take advantage of, to get rid of the Nazis forever.
Tarantino’s style is different and interesting to watch, a sort of “on the edge of your seat” kind of feeling and anticipation of what will happen next. Though the style reminded me a little of the Kill Bill films, I’m not complaining.
The movie flowed well, like the transitioning between story lines but some of the actual were a little more drawn out then they needed to be. For instance the scene with Shosanna having lunch with Germans, seemed to be extensive then she had her meeting with Colonel Landa in the same scene. The other longish scene was that of Bridget Von Hammersmark(Diane Kruger) meeting with the Basterds. Unlike the former scene this could have been particular scene could have been cut even more than it was. Though I also had a feeling it may have been done on purpose, so the audience could feel the tension and nervousness of the characters. It seemed to give it a more sense of anticipation and suspense.
From the moment that Colonel Landa appeared on the screen, the creepingly charming, smiling Nazi absolutely dominated the film. he was the character, that whenever he appeared, you would feel chills go down your spine, but that just made me love him more. A very sinister, schemer under that glowing, smiling exterior, Colonel Landa is the epitome of Nazi villainy.
I would completely recommend this to anyone who likes a little gore, suspense and adventure. Still it depends if you like Tarantino’s style. His penetrating colors, in this case velvety red, swooping crane shots, framing, stageing and his postmodern embellishments. As when Samuel L. Jackson’s narration on the combustibility of nitrate prints. I have to say, one has to at least watch this movie to hear Bradd Pitt’s god awful but hilarious italian accent.
Inglorious Basterds is rated R for strong graphic violence,language and brief sexuality.