Inglourious Basterds is the latest Tarantino gem.
This funny romp through Nazi occupied France scores an 8.
After a brief hiatus (What? Almost 12 months can be considered brief. From the perspective of a large boulder or a blubbery walrus, it certainly is.), the movie review machine has flexed its lethargic muscles and is once again on the prowl.
The movie began with a clear sign foreshadowing greatness, “Chapter One: Once upon in a time, … In Nazi occupied France.” As you have seen from the trailers, Inglourious Basterds is the name of a group of American soldiers operating not-so-secretly in France during the war. Their mission is to kill Nazis. Period. It also follows the life of a Jewish girl that escapes the evil “Jew Hunter”, Col. Hans Landa. The plot moves back and forth smoothly between the storylines and remains interesting throughout.
I was surprised by the number of older couples in attendance on a Saturday night given the violence and gore of Tarantino films. Perhaps, they were driven by their admiration of Brad Pitt or nostalgia for World War II. I did hear some gasps and comments at particularly gory spots. Surprise!
As one can always expect from a Tarantino film, the plot is quirky and melodramatic. Brad Pitt performs excellently as the leader of the Basterds, Lt. Aldo Raine. He is fun to watch and to listen to his interesting Smoky Mountains accent. You can count on plenty of brutality and gore from our favorite director in this one. Christoph Waltz is outstanding as Col. Landa. He is devilishly clever and fiendishly charming in his relentless hunt for enemies of Germany. He was a delight to watch. The other actors performed their duties well, too. B.J. Novak (The Office) put in a credible effort as one of the Basterds. It was a surprising casting move, but it worked nonetheless.
I very much enjoyed this movie. Is has a big ending with several twists. It ended with a big smile on my face and the satisfaction of being a bit surprised. Good schtuff!
~Elric the Damned