“Inglourious Basterds”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Quentin Tarantino is in the business of two things, killin’ Nazis, and reclaiming box office supremacy. And cousin, business is a-boomin’. Inglourious Basterds takes place during World War II in German occupied France, where a team of Jewish American soldiers, known as “the Basterds,” are taking out the Nazi Party, one scalp at a time. In true Tarantino style, there is more than one story being told, and both tales converge at the films climax. It’s really nice to see a film like this again. For the last ten years, Tarantino has been focusing more on telling his story set in pre-set format, but in Iglourious Basterds he triumphantly returns to his Pulp Fiction roots.

The first thing I noticed when watching this movie is that independent film isn’t what it used to be. For the last few years, independent films like Juno are not so much artsy films, as they are just good movies that Hollywood refuses to make. Thankfully, Inglourious Basterds takes us back to that glorious golden age of indie filmmaking, and who better than Quentin to take us there. When the movie started, I was instantly reminded of those 1990 heydays. From breaking up the story into chapters, to the unmistakable dialogue, Tarantino effortlessly reclaims the indie title. Brad Pitt’s performance as Lt. Aldo Raine for some reason makes me think of George Clooney. I think it might be his character’s gruff southern accent, or maybe it’s the mustache. It also just seems more like the type of character Clooney would be cast to play. But don’t get me wrong I think Pitt did a great job. I loved the somewhat subtle hangman’s scar on Raine’s neck that is never explained or talked about. It would also lead you to believe it had something to do with Raine’s gruff voice. It’s that kind of attention to detail that makes Tarantino’s character development so top notch. Although, I heard that Tarantino asked the actors to develop their character’s back stories in this film, so the credit in this case might go to Brad Pitt. When I first found out that director Eli Roth was going to be playing one of the major roles in this film, I got to say it wasn’t a plus for me; but I’m glad to report that he does a good job in the role. I always hate when Tarantino puts himself into his movies, and Eli has done the same in the past. But with no Tarantino cameo, and a strong performance from Roth, there’s not much to hate. I was a little disappointed that they ruin a nice surprise cameo from Mike Myers by putting his name in the opening credits. I know, you wouldn’t expect Mike Myers to be in a Tarantino film, but he delivers an almost Peter Sellers-esque performance of a British General. Also, keep your ears open for other A Band Apart alumni cameos from Samuel L. Jackson and Harvey Keitel. Inglourious Basterds might not be the best Tarantino movie, but it’s definitely in the top five.

Rating:

4 Little People



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