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Inglourious Basterds




Inglorious Basterds

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender



After looking at the massive hype regarding this movie, I came in thinking this might be Tarantino's "modern masterpiece". I wasn't completely disappointed in this after watching, but I felt like this was less of a masterpiece and more of just good satire. In fact, I wouldn't rank Basterds in my top 5 Tarantino flicks and it is a level below his next released film, Django Unchained.

Inglorious Basterds is a film about a group of Jewish-born Americans who try to take down the Nazi army, along with an escaped Jewish woman with revenge on her mind. The leader of the Basterds is Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt), who leads his group into Nazi occupied France in hopes to end the war for the allies. As we get deeper into the movie, they end up being up against a crazy Col. Hans Landa or otherwise known as "The Jew Hunter". He plans on stopping the Basterds before they can do anything to their Führer, Adolf Hitler.

To start, most of the acting was superb. Christoph Waltz gives me no doubts that he is one of the best actors in Hollywood and Brad Pitt puts together another badass performance. The surprising performance to me was Melanie Laurent. I hadn't even heard of her before I watched this film, but she proves she can handle herself with superstars like Pitt and Waltz which is really amazing.

Most of the time with Tarantino flicks I love the dialogue, but in Basterds sometimes I felt like it was just unneeded. If you put this next to movies like Pulp Fiction, with famous scenes like Ezekiel 25:17 and "A Royale with Cheese" or even in Tarantino's first work, Reservoir Dogs with the tip scene it just doesn't compare. The few I actually did get a kick out of though, were "The Bear Jew" and "Who Am I Game" conversations. You could see the potential of this film, but some of the parts were just unlike what we come to expect from QT.

What I did enjoy the most, though, were the characters. Like all Tarantino films, there are no real "heroes" only "anti-heroes" like Jules Winfield and Mr. Pink. Pitt played an exceptional anti-hero in this as Aldo Raine who has good intentions but just isn't a good person. The other characters I especially liked were Hans Landa and The Bear Jew. The scene where The Bear Jew (Roth) yells out after he knocks a Nazi dead with a bat made me laugh too damn hard, it was brilliant!

Overall, I see so much potential with this film but it just didn't hold up like I thought it would... or like what most people thought. By no means is this a bad movie but it just isn't what people proclaim it to be. I recommend it to you if you like Tarantino, though because you will be entertained.

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Thank you guys, this was my first actual review done on here. This obviously is going to be pretty bad but I can promise I will get better!