August 21, 2009

Inglorious Basterds - 2009

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson (voice)

"We in the killin' Nazi business, and cousin, business is boomin'." The latest film by the legendary Taratino is an alternate history following two groups during World War II--the Basterds, a mostly Jewish-American group of soldiers led by Pitt's Tennessee-accented Lieutenant Aldo Raine, who exist solely to kill and scalp nearly every Nazi they come across (with one in each left with a swastika scar on his forehead to spread the tale and invoke fear in others); the other group is a family of Jews hiding on a dairy farm in France, the daughter of which ends up becoming a sort of independent freedom fighter later in the film.

Everyone loves bullet points!
  • This film, especially when it comes to the credits, is the most like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction out of all QT's work.
  • Speaking of other works, one of my few faults with the film was once scene in particular, which reminded me of the scene in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 when the Bride finds out she's pregnant, but the gender roles are reversed this time.
  • It's very much a Tarantino film, meaning there's pop culture references (mostly related to the filmmakers of the era), lots of blood (the aforementioned scalping, and one scene that can only be described as an orgy of gunfire), that sort of thing. He is getting a bit more artistic, though, using rack focus and some good slo-mo death scenes.
  • A caveat: Samuel L. Jackson's voice is heard maybe twice throughout the film, completely unexplained, and his face is never seen. Try not to be too disappointed. Also, Tarantino makes his usual cameo, but only his hands are seen (and his voice heard in another part of the film).
  • Hearing a ridiculous Southern accent speak Italian is fantastic.
I'd have to see it again to be sure, but I'll say that this might be the best film Quentin Tarantino has ever made. It's definitely the best work of his since Pulp Fiction.

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