Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Inglorious Basterds

I think making this movie was more than anything an excuse for Quentin to explore what it would look like to carve a swastika into the forehead of a live Nazi... or how good it might feel to watch Adolf get riddled with bullets. The movie could have been called Kill Adolf in fact. Now granted this is a Tarantino film and as such I expected plenty of gratuitous violence and I certainly can't begrudge the indulgence of this revenge fantasy; I just wish it were more entertaining. In Kill Bill there was much better character development and, I felt, more of a solid plot and script (not that Kill Bill was a masterpiece of a screenplay but I am comparing Quentin against Quentin here.)

Now there were some very entertaining/funny moments and a lot of action and violence, but there were also a lot of slow bits that almost but not quite entirely failed to hold my attention. Brad Pitt's character was funny but more like an overdone caricature of an American Southerner... and Brian from The Office convinced me he was a brutal Nazi slayer like my son convinces me of his Judo superiority over everyone in the four state region... poorly.

I give the movie 2 out of 5 stars. It was I suppose worth the $1.08 I payed to Redbox but not much more.


The Unabashed Blogger said...

I wasn't sure if it was serious or comedy. Dark comedy some say. Puzzling is what I say. Was it good? Was it bad? What the heck was it about? I wonder how many people will actually think that is how WWII ended...

Percussivity said...

I would call it an extremely dark action/comedy. Here is a basic *spoiler* filled synopsis of the movie. An American Captain leads a group of Jewish American soldier/hitmen to infiltrate Occupied France to basically terrorize German troops with hit and fade operations where they kill and then scalp each German soldier and the officers are beat to death with a baseball bat (one partidular soldier nicknamed the Bear Jew performs this.)

It is a revenge fantasy with really no basis at all in historic reality. There is a side plot involving a Jewish lady whose family is killed at the beginning where her cinema is chosen by the high command to premier a propoganda film which Hitler himself attends. The film ends with her plot to lock all of these high ranking Nazis inside the theater while she burns it down and at the same time two of the basterds get in and find Hitler and mow him down with machine guns. 2 out of 5... if you were really bored and wanted to kill a couple hours this would serve I guess.