Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Quentin Tarantino proves again why he is such a unique filmmaker with this tale of a group of soldiers out to kill Nazis.

I thought "Inglorious Basterds" was going to be outrageous with many graphic scenes of violence, but it was not.  It did have a few violent things that were tough to watch, but most of the picture was dialogue driven and that dialogue was some of the best I have ever seen.  The script was incredible and it was brought to life by some wonderful actors, including Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, and Diane Kruger.  But, the standout actor is Christoph Waltz who plays the head Nazi nicknamed "The Jew Killer".  His performance was amazing because you really sort of like him, but he is incredibly evil at the same time.  What is even more amazing is the fact that Waltz speaks three different languages throughout the film and each accent seems to be perfect.  He really was quite the find.  

But the reason the script works so well, especially with Waltz's scenes, is because of the anticipation.  You are just sitting there, waiting for him to snap.  There is always an underlying tone that Waltz knows more than what he leads on.

"Inglorious Basterds" is a great story and the climax is one of the best I have ever seen.  I really enjoyed the way the film ended.  It may not be historically correct with what is portrayed in the film, but it works.  There is nothing more satisfying than watching Nazis get what they deserved.

A-  I recommend it.

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