Sunday, September 20, 2009

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Director: Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger. 153 min. Rated R. Action/War.

Our beloved Tarantino is back: the same postmodern look at an old genre, the same humor-filled violence, and the same long engaging dialogues, but this time with a "WWII According to Quentin" approach, surprising on how he sees the War ended, or should have ended. Beautiful acting by newcomer Waltz as the evil Lt. Landa
(definitely to achieve an Oscar nom, or even a win). The theater scene at the end will linger in your mind for days, and the fact that the violence is worse than "Kill Bill" should by no means deter you from seeing this masterpiece.

Mo says:


  1. Mature…Perfect ….attractive are some words coming to my mind about last work of Great Tarantino. After 8 years for writing S/p and just 8 months for making it!

    I still doubt about choosing which work is the best of him ?” Kill Bill “or Inglorious Basterds”. Again I fascinated by smart trend of Screenplay, As you said :unique sense of humor (the
    violent-funny scene in Coffee or unexpected funniest final scene), ironic dialogues, new approach to phenomenon of Nazism, ,..the important role of avenger & fighter women which is almost always prominent and manifested Cleary in most of his previous works, the colored presence of Cinema and its great effects on anything including history , politic, love ,and vice versa…

    I agree terribly with you about Christopher Waltz . I agree about a little similarity between Bride ( kill Bill) and Shosanno, butI didn't feel it might be repetitive to audience .

    Overall this movie , meanwhile ,considering some landmarks of filmmaker’ style and remained loyal to those , seems totally new &different in Tarantino's artistic files.
    (more than 100 words?!!)

  2. And I thought I was smart to give my reviews a 100-word limit. Whoever thought of this: that my cinephile friends' comments might become longer than my reviews!

    Very well said about the strong female roles. The only other male director that comes to mind with such strong female characters, would be James Cameron. But compared to Uma Thurman's presence, Kate Winslet can take a hike.

    And Tarantino's best work? I still think nothing tops the one that started it all, "Pulp Fiction".


  3. In addition to all of his movies' elements I loved also the soundtrack and the beginning and the end titles("onvanbandi") in this movie.

  4. Tarantino says you should always define your movie by the opening credits. He himself has shown to be a master of that.