Inglorious Bastards – Movie/DVD Review
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Run Time: 153 mins
Genre: War/ Drama/ Action
4.5 frames out of 5
Take the classiness of Casablanca, the violence of Kill Bill and mix it up with the grandiosity monologues of Pulp Fiction you get Inglorious Bastards. All courtesy of Mr. Quentin Tarantino.
Inglorious Bastards is broken up into 5 chapters all of which the characters lives intertwine and doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense until the end. The majority of the film is set in an alternate version of World War II, June 1944 in Europe.
Chapters 1-3 establish the dysfunctional cast of characters. In Chapter 1 you meet the uber villain (aside from Hitler) Col. Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). He is on a mission to eradicate all Jews and does so with a smile. On this particular day he slays a family staying underneath a dairy farm house yet one member managed to escape alive. Col. Landa watched as young Shoshanna raced for her life and vowed to find her one day.
Chapter 2 is all about the Bastards, the Inglorious Bastards. As violent as they are they are just some good ole’ American Boys wantin’ to kill dem’ Natzis. Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) leads the Bastards and their whole goal is to each get the scalps of 100 Nazis. Rounding out the Bastards are Sgt. Donny Donowitz a.k.a. Bear Jew (Eli Roth), Pfc. Smithson Utivich (B.J. Novak), Pfc. Omar Ulmer (Omar Doom) each with his own specialty of Nazi torture before death.
Chapter 3 brings us to Paris where young Shoshanna (Mélanie Laurent) is now grown, running a movie theater with her partner Marcel (Jacky Ido). One night as she is changing the marquee, a young German soldier takes a fancy to her and tries to pursue her. Little does he know that she is a Jew and hell-bent on revenge of her own.
Chapter 4 & 5 brings the characters together in various fashions and explains how they each play a part in the film’s finale.
Although Inglorious Bastards runs long (153 minutes), the details of the film really draw you in. The characters are brilliantly casted, the costumes and set designs are stunning and the visual effects are superb. For a film that has subtitles, the characters are actually speaking the languages they are translating rather than having the cast speak English. As violent as this movie is, it is a lot of fun and very cleaver. Too bad it didn’t go down this way in reality.
Things to watch for: Brad Pitt killn’ dem Natzis.
Who should see this movie: Fans of Tarantino
Buy it or Rent it on DVD: If you’re a Tarantino fan, this is a jewel for your collection. Buy it.
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