Inglourious Basterds (2009)

inglourious_basterds_ver9You probably heard we ain’t in the prisoner-takin’ business; we in the killin’ Nazi business. And cousin, Business is a-boomin’.

— Lt. Aldo Raine

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, Inglourious Basterds is an homage of spaghetti westerns, film noir and subversive movies about massacring a bunch of Nazis in the past couple of decades. It is currently #192 on the Top 250 of All Time on IMDb. It was a good movie, but I had some problems with it that I will discuss in the spoiler section.

Breaking from his formula of a broken narrative, letting the audience put the pieces back together. This is a tale a group of people that want to destroy the Third Reich, thus ending WWII.

It starts when Shosanna Dreyfus’s (Mélanie Laurent) family is massacred by Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) and his crew of SS soldiers. She escapes extermination through the French countryside. She assumes a different identity as Emmanuelle Mimieux, an owner of a French cinema house.

One night, she is visited by an SS soldiers named Frederich Zoller (Daniel Brühl) that is taken with her. She tries to reject his advances. She finds out that he has become a German hero by killing over 250 Allied soldiers. He has a propaganda film made about him called Nations Pride.

Frederich wants to have the premiere of the movie to be at her cinema house. Shosanna has some ulterior motives about the premiere night with her boyfriend, Marcel (Jacky Ido).

Simultaneously, the “Inglorious Basterds” headed by Lt. Aldo “The Apache” Raine (Brad Pitt) with eight other Jew vigilantes like Sgt. Donnie Donowitz (Eli Roth), Pfc. Smithson Utivich (BJ Novak), Cpl. Wilhelm Wicki (Gedeon Burkhard), Pfc. Omar Ulmer (Omar Doom) and last but not least, Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger) have struck fear to the Third Reich with killing their forces and scalping them.

British officer Lt. Archie Hicox (Micheak Fassbender) has to the team up with the basterds along with double agent, German actress Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) to infiltrate the premiere and destroy the highest ranking officers of the Third Reich including Hitler.

This movie is made for cinema freaks. The primarily deals with people that love movies, the climax takes place in a theater. There were some obvious winks to audience.

It was more subdued than his other films. The performances were good across the board with a special mention to Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent. I thought they were terrific in the film.

There were some problems with the pacing of the film. The dialogue dragged on for a long time. A few trims could have tighten up the suspense.

Judgment: It’s not a masterpiece, but a good film all around.

Rating: ****1/2

(SPOILER SECTION)

Being familiar with Tarantino and his work, I am aware that a lot of things are not going to be explained like Aldo’s scar on his neck, his Mike Myers in freckled prosthetics, but I digress.

I had a problem at the climax of the movie when the Basterds are about to carry out their mission. Aldo is captured after Bridget was killed by Landa, he is placed in the back of a truck with Utivich. Where the hell did he come from?

When they planned to get the Basterds in, he was not included in the infiltration. Was he a lookout? I don’t understand that.

In addition, when Aldo and Utivich go to another place, Landa is right there waiting for them. He was at the theater when Aldo was captured. Where the hell did he come from? Did he teleport there? There was no car in front of the truck. What’s the deal?

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Posted on August 21, 2009, in 2009, Academy Award Winner, Best Supporting Actor, Crime, Drama, Foreign Language, Nazi, Running Feature, Top 250 of All Time on IMDB, War and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. That’s the magic of exploitation cinema, I suppose.

    However, it’s entirely possible that Landa gave the order to capture Aldo and then bailed in his own, faster car.

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