Inglourious Basterds - A Review

If you're a fan Quentin Tarantino's work (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill), you would enjoy Inglourious Basterds. It's a classic blend of violence, drama and dark humor set during the World War II. The story centers on a group of Americans who call themselves "The Basterds", led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine (played by Brad Pitt). Their goal is to kill and slaughter every Nazi in sight, with the aim of getting close enough to assisinate Hitler. There are also other characters in the story contributing to The Basterds' plan.

The one thing I enjoyed about the movie was the role of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa - a role that was played brilliantly in my opinion. He comes off as this really charming, suave Nazi officer but underneath all that charade, is a real sinister character who'd like nothing more than to vaporize all Jews in sight. After all, he's not known as the "Jew Hunter" for nothing.

The one person the movie could have gone on without, was Brad Pitt. He was not really impressive as Lieut. Aldo Raine. In fact, he could been making another Ocean's 12 by how washed out his character was. Perhaps the material given for his character was not much but I still felt another actor could have played his role better.

Overall, the movie was worth watching. Sure, it's rather slow towards the middle but the pace picks up towards the end. If you're into World War II movies, you wouldn't want to miss this. Plus, the scenes are quite graphic especially the slaying of the Nazi officers but I guess that's part of Tarantino's trademark.

2 comment(s):

Nick Phillips said...

Sounds like a movie right up my alley :D Must go watch it.

sriyany said...

Nick Phillips: Yep you should :)

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