Inglourious Basterds (2009) – movie review


A film by the director Pulp Fiction with a misspelled swear in the title. Yeah. Completely family friendly.

Inglourious Basterds follows multiple characters and multiple stories that ultimately lead to the same climax. The most notable characters being the Basterds, a group of Jewish-Americans who have a common goal (“killin’ Nazis”), Shosanna Dreyfus, a Jewish French girl operating a cinema whilst hiding from SS Colonel Hans Landa, more commonly known amongst the Germans as the ‘Jew Hunter’.

Inglourious Basterds is fantastic. Possibly Tarantino’s best. But just having the word “Tarantino” mentioned lays down quite an expectation. That of violence. And brutality. And violent brutality.

In the trailer for Inglourious Basterds, a quote appears that says “You haven’t seen war until you’ve seen it through the eyes of Quentin Tarantino”. And for once I think a trailer used a director’s name for more than just marketing. Tarantino’s vision and representation of WW2 is far more bloody and brutal than any director could’ve imagined. There are a lot of brilliant films out there that show the horrors of war. This movie shows the absolute best glorified violence of war. Except the opening scene which shows the actual horrors of war.

Speaking of the opening scene… Wow. The opening scene in this movie may be the greatest scene ever written by Tarantino. The suspense and tension that builds between Christoph Waltz and Denis Ménochet is undying and completely unforgettable.

Christoph Waltz throughout this entire film is brilliant. He won an Oscar for his second collaboration with Quentin in 2012 (Django Unchained) and he won one 3 years prior with Basterds. AND HE BLOODY WELL DESERVED IT.

Brad Pitt is also great in this movie. He puts on one of the most exaggerated American accents that I’ve ever heard and it’s wonderful.

Michael Fassbender is also brilliant in Inglourious Basterds. In real life, Fassbender is a German in origin who was raised in Ireland. In the film, Fassbender plays an Englishman in origin who can speak German as a second language but can’t hide his British accent. Being able to pull that off is acting ladies and gentlemen.

Mélanie Laurent is fantastic in this movie as well. She somehow manages to make a Jewish woman running from the Nazis incredibly assertive.

I don’t know what else to say about the rest of the cast other than that they were all great.

This film is also incredibly well designed. Everything from the sets, to the costumes, to the cinematography to the sound is just spot on. Also having the majority of the film spoken in either German or French really added to the realism.

Inglourious Basterds is an amazing WW2 film, possibly Tarantino’s best (however Pulp Fiction is pretty hard to beat). The cast is fantastic, the design is impeccable and the body parts are dripping red. All of them.

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