Thursday, January 7, 2010

Inglourious Basterds


We wanted to see Inglourious Basterds in the theater when it came out in August, but, you know...you can't go see them all, can you? Anyway, I don't think too much of this film was lost in the transition from the cinema to our TV. Quentin Tarantino has made a completely fictional World War II drama in the style of an old spaghetti western. It is sometimes boring, sometimes heart-pounding. And while it should earn its director an Oscar nomination, it didn't win us over.

As expected, there was plenty of graphic violence to make us squirm in our seats--after all, that's one thing Tarantino is known for. What we didn't expect was the underwhelming role in which Brad Pitt was cast. It's not his fault; it's just that his role and every other role in the film is almost lost in the terrific but horrifying performance of the actor who plays the "Jew Hunter". If you watch, you'll know what we mean. Samuel L. Jackson makes an appearance as a narrator. And is that Mike Myers, back in Britain?

It's basically about the plan of a terrorized Jewish woman to exact revenge on Nazi leaders during the war in France, and about an extremely similar plan hatched by a group of Americans to do the same thing.

Brooke: B-
Grant: B-

(We agree!)

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