Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Film Review

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent
Certificate: 18

by Dan Berlinka

Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a ramshackle collection of WW2 movie vignettes, some very engaging and entertaining, others excessively talky and self-conscious.

Outstanding performances from Christoph Waltz, who pretty much steals the movie, and Michael Fassbender, who I would have liked to have seen more of.

Somewhere underneath all the film-fan in-jokes is a gripping story (or two). Although it could probably have been told in about 60-minutes less. Still, when you watch a Tarantino movie, you are signing up to an intertextual bonanza. So any criticisms on the grounds of historical inaccuracy or shaggy dog story-ness are probably missing the point.

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“Vengeful mayhem”

I suspect there’s quite an interesting parallel between the Nazis’ cheering reaction to the film within the film and the way audiences respond to the vengeful mayhem in the latter stages.

My son tells me that he and his friends rewound and rewatched certain kills just for their sheer awesomeness.

Most certainly worth watching. Just don’t expect to care as much as you did about The Dirty Dozen.


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