Inglourious Basterds

inglourious-basterds

(no spoilers)

I really liked this movie. Tarantino makes such gleeful films- there’s a sort of mad mischief in his storytelling, like a kid who ate eleven pixie stixx and then ripped off his pants and ran down the side of the highway with his little pink bum showing, yelling I LOOOVE MAKING MOOVIEEEES .

The movie is visceral, tense, funny, suspenseful and has great performances- fun turn for Brad Pitt, who kicks butt in comedic roles, and Cristoph Waltz’ pipe-smoking Colonel Landa is off the hook, holy crap what a wicked character. Tarantino tends to write really strong female characters, too- Melanie Laurent’s Shoshanna and Diane Kruger’s Bridget are both riveting, unpredictable, and- this is relatively rare in a female character- principled and ideological as well. I see a lot of female characters who care about their man or their children/desire for children, but how often do you see women in movies for whom political ideology is the driving motivation? Nice one, QT. Super-fun to watch.

And, as I discovered today, the screenplay is fantastic. Not only is the story strong, but Tarantino’s technique for telling it is great too- the screenplay is really readable, fast-moving, and exquisitely paced. Supa-good. The Inglourious Basterds screenplay is online. Well worth reading if you’re into that sort of thing. Also highly recommend the flick.

Thanks to Torquil for the tip.

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4 Responses to Inglourious Basterds

  1. jessperson says:

    According to imdb, Christoph Waltz is up 1,100% in popularity this week.

    Isn’t it ironic, doncha think.

  2. carlyjay says:

    I dunno — I really respect the movie, and Tarantino, because it was obviously incredibly well-made, well-thought out, and… well-everything, really. It’s a fantastic film, no doubt, but I didn’t LIKE it.

    It made me incredibly uncomfortable. I laughed, yes, especially at Brad Pitt’s ridiculous character and some of the antics (like the “Italian” fiasco) of the Basterds. But listening to the rest of the audience yuk it up while people were being horribly murdered (yes, Nazis, but still) was a really strange and disturbing experience for me, made even more so when the last scene rolled around and Tarantino very much showed us ourselves.

    It really bothered me. On purpose, of course. Tarantino knew exactly what he was doing. But I think the part that bothered me the most was that at least 90% of the audience didn’t realize that Tarantino was pointing his finger directly at them and saying, “See what you are?” as they brayed and snickered their way out of the theatre. It was horrifying, in a completely deliberate way, for those of us who left the theatre completely silent and upset among our cackling peers.

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