|By Charlie Goodrich||Thursday, 10 Sep 2009|
Quentin Tarantino has created one of his finest films. He has a way of creating strong personalities that resonate well after the film has ended. Inglourious Basterds continues this trend. Many of the characters have memorable roles and each has at least one scene to shine. The main strength behind each character in this film would have to be the writing. Tarantino likes to have a lot of dialog in his films and there are times when it seems unnecessary and too drawn out, but Inglourious Basterds has a great blend of action and dialog. I never felt overwhelmed by the amount
of talking and underwhelmed by a lack of action. The movie is broken into five chapters and contains that unique Tarantino twist. Inglourious Basterds begins in Nazi occupied France during WWII. We are immediately introduced to the main antagonist, and the individual who gives the best performance of this film, Colonel Hans Landa (played by Christoph Waltz). It is Landa’s mission to hunt down the remaining Jewish population that is hiding in France. During his online casino raid of a countryside house, Landa allows one Jewish teenage girl, Shosanna, to escape. The execution of this character is perfect. He is confident, intelligent, dapper, calm, and menacing much in the same way a serial killer would be. We see right off the bat how systematic and evil he can be. This is one of the strongest characters Tarantino has ever created. From here the film breaks into two story lines. Next we are introduced to the Basterds. This is a Jewish American squad of soldiers led by Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt). Pitt brings another strong character to the mix. I was worried that Pitt’s character would be annoying and lack any depth. A style over substance kind of thing. However, I was wrong. Raine is a great blend of Nazi ass kicker and comic relief. The Basterds are deployed into France to kill as many high ranking Nazis as possible. The next chapter reveals a slightly older Shosanna who now runs a movie theater in Paris. The Nazis want to premiere a propaganda film in the theater and Shosanna develops a plan to ensure their demise. Meanwhile the Basterds learn of the premiere and devise a plan to kill
all the Nazis attending. As the movie nears the end, both story lines meet and the film climaxes in a blood soaked conclusion. I don’t want to ruin any of the plot twists or main storyline developments so I won’t say much about the later parts of Inglourious Basterds. I will say that Tarantino definitely creates an alternate universe. There are many historic inaccuracies in the film that make it a fun movie to watch. If you like Quentin Tarantino you will like Inglourious Basterds. It’s one of his best films.