Monday, August 6, 2012

Inglourious Basterds

This is Quentin Tarantino's crowning achievement. This crushes Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Reservoir Dogs, and there is absolutely no argument that convince me otherwise. There is so much to love about this movie and it is one of the only movies that I feel really has no wasted scenes in it. In most movies there will be a scene or two that you could throw out and the movie would play out exactly the same. I wanted more scenes in this movie, I would have loved it to have been a 4 hour epic with even more Nazi killing and some more Bear Jew. This should have been the movie to get Tarantino a best director Oscar and Brad Pitt should have gotten some more recognition for his role in the movie.

Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz own every scene that they are in and make the movie what it is, great. Pitt's character has so many little ticks and idiosyncratic tendencies that Pitt really becomes the character of Aldo Raine and you never really see him as Brad Pitt. The scene where he introduces The Bear Jew to the Germans is one of my favorite scenes in movie history. You really get a sense of how serious his character is about killing Nazis and will do absolutely anything to accomplish his mission. Also, the scene where he pretends to be Italian is a fucking instant classic. Waltz creates one of the more terrifying characters in recent memory with the character of Hans Landa. Landa is scary because he is so deliberate in his actions and is 3 steps ahead of everyone else around him. He knows what you are going to do before you even know so he is ready for every situation. This also happens to be the movie that introduced the greatness that is Michael Fassbender to the world. He plays a rather minor but memorable role in the movie. It is also really impressive that Tarantino got an excellent performance from fellow director, Eli Roth, in the movie. His role as Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz was my personal favorite and he really should consider acting in more movies. The scene where his character is introduced is easily one of the best scenes in any Tarantino movie to date.

This is one of the best World War II movies ever created, plain and simple. Each character in the movie is interesting and it is a shame that the runtime of the movie could not have been longer because it would have been great to seem more missions from the Basterds. If you are looking for a great Tarantino movie to watch then this is the one. Great acting performances, incredible dialogue and story, and engaging characters make this a can't miss film.


This is the movie that in theory led to all of the other stories in the Tarantino "universe". There are some theories that state that the events in this movie somehow bleed into all of his other movies. Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz's son is the film producer in True Romance and that is where the theory begins.. It basically states that instead of Hitler killing himself in his bunker, he was brutally dispatched by the Basterds in a movie theater (as seen in Inglourious Basterds) and this led to the Americans winning World War 2 in one hyperviolent scene. This leads to America's desensitization to violence and explains why many of the characters in Tarantino's movies react to violence in a very nonchalant manner. That is the basic version of the theory but it kind of turns all of Tarantino's movies into alternate reality sci-fi which is just awesome.