Monday, 15 March 2010

Inglourious Basterds

Oh Joy. Another “EPIC” by Tarentino, the sad washed up director/writer achingly desperate to recapture the success of Pulp Fiction. Will we have another Jackie Brown or even a (shudder) Kill Bill Part 2? What will be needed to erase this shite from my mind?

Nothing.

Inglourious Basterds is absolutely epic! Yes it is silly, historically rubbish and slightly changes the course of the war! all that aside it is a truly fantastic film.

I would describe Inglourious Basterds as a Spaghetti Western War Film, something that sounds like an absolute abortion…but it isn’t. It is truly fantastic. Thankfully Quentin dispenses with the jumbled format of Pulp Fiction and produces a linear story that still has his trademark chapter format.  It also uses language in a masterful way mixing Italian, German French and English seamlessly.

I won’t go too far into the film as it really doesn't need spoilering. It loosely follows the story of a group of Jewish Nazi Killers (The Basterds) and an escapee Jewish Cinema Owner. The plot to wipe out the 3rd Reich in 1 swift move is the pivot of the film and works brilliantly.

The absolute star of the piece however ISN’T the always underrated Brad Pitt (who is good but not the best) but rather the Jew Hunter Nazi played by Christopher Waltz, the most affable and still menacing SS officer ever seen on screen. The man oozes charisma and i will be looking out for more of his work. I'm a utter shit... but affableInglourious is a true return to form for Tarantino showing all the style and panache he is capable of and populating the story with huge conversational sections that are truly riveting. Here is a challenge for you. Watch chapter one, all the way through. If you don’t want to carry on fair enough…but i bet you will.

A gem of a film and well worth owning.

Paul Out…look out for Austin Powers by the way.

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