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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

"You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, Business is a-boomin'."
Director Quentin Tarantino has done something here that I have never seen him do with any other movie--he made me totally forget I was watching a Quentin Tarantino movie. Inglourious Basterds is a far cry from his previous classics like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs with their big name stars and cool-as-ice swagger. But as different as it may be from other Tarantino flicks, Basterds borrows its ultimate revenge theme from Kill Bill. But rather than a pissed off bride wreaking havoc on her attempted murderers, Basterds follows pissed off Jews wreaking havoc on ruthless Nazis during WWII. You'd think a movie about World War II would make for a tearjerker. But in comes Brad Pitt, the leader of a Jewish anti-Nazi gang whose sole purpose is killing "Nat-zis," and all seriousness goes right out the window. Pitt, donning a heavy southern drawl and a quick-draw-Mcgraw attitude, show no mercy for the enemy, providing comedic relief in an otherwise somber premise.
The movie is a bit long, well over two hours and probably could have been two hours had the first half of the movie not dragged. But the second half is well worth the build-up.

Inglourious Basterds is in theaters August 21.

My rating: B


Anonymous said...

I agree that this was a whole new subject matter for Tarantino. Although, there were elements of his directorial style: his cameo, the violence, the revenge theme, the loud soundtrack, and drug/sex scene. I'm not sure whether it will be considered one of his best films but it was definitely good and deserving of the B rating.

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