Monday, October 12, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (2009) on IMDb
Note 1: As enough cannot be said about Inglourious Basterds, it is not too late for this post.

Note 2: Caution! I will try not to give any spoilers, still, in my excitement, I just might.

Tarantino is NOT a director, it is a genre, and like any other genre, either you will love it or you will hate it. And if you hate it, you are losing out on so much. Inglourious Basterds is one of the best movies in the genre called Tarantino.

5 things to look for in the movie:

1. The soundtrackYou are sitting on a comfortable chair in a multiplex, and Nick Perito's 'Green leaves of summer' starts playing as the movie begins. The moment you hear the strings playing, you know you are in for a real treat and about to get back more than your money's worth. Needless to say, like in every other Tarantino movie, the soundtrack is amazing.

2. Col. Hans Landa (played by Christopher Waltz) - "The Jew Hunter".

This guy doesn't need an academy award to justify the magnificent work he has done in this movie. You really feel the chills this guy gives to the characters of the movie. You begin to loathe his character, yet, you love him, respect him, and admire him.

3. Shosanna Dreyfus (played by Mélanie Laurent) - "...because Marcel, my sweet, We're going to make a movie, just for the Nazi's".

You cannot help but be smitten by her, and during the movie, when someone says, "Oh he his just smitten by her", you begin to wonder if they are talking about you. Her make-up, her costumes, her grace (Well, she's French. It had to be so). Your heart might skip a beat or two when you see her dress up to execute her masterplan. Too bad her role became similar to Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, and Tarantino had to cut out a major part from her role, she just might have outshone Thurman.

4. The Basterds - "I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, jump out of an air-o-plane, fight my way through half of Sicily, to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi's ain't got no humanity. That's why every soldier we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're going to die."

The basterds ain't in the prisoner taking business. They are into Nazi killing business. And that is a boomin'.

That is exactly what they do. The basterds are the kick-ass bad-asses you love. They spread fear and terror among the Nazis (which is ironic :D ), and they do it right. The dialogues are amazing, the delivery is amazing, the characters are amazing. The basterds are...well they are just the basterds.

5. The climax

The feeling you get watching the theatre scene IN a theatre is out of this world. And, I will not spoil the moment for anybody who has not seen. Watch it. Enjoy it. Love it. It is probably the best climax that any Tarantino movie has ever seen.

You can hear Tarantino speaking for himself through Lt. Aldo Raine when he says at the end, "I think this might just be my masterpiece."

The Inglourious Basterds...


  1. nice review !!

    brad pitt was worth mentioning too... although i must agree he was somwehat overshadowed by hans landa!

    and yes.. for those who haven't seen the movie, pleaase don't watch this at home! (definitely worth a cal trip)

  2. dude ....
    that movie was a spoof ...
    movie chutiyapa thi sale ...

  3. @deshu

    told you...either you ll love it or you will hate it :)

  4. until this movie we were always in line with our taste for movies......but INGLORIOUS BASTERDS is just too glorified.... I agree to the first four things in the FIVE things u mentioned....climax was the worst part....potraying hans landa as GOD in the entire movie and thn making him an ultimate fool in the climax was just too much for me and it made me bilieve to the fact that Americans are stereotyped as stupid people, the movie infact glorified americans....and I can't stop myself picturising the Americans watching the movie in the same way hitler watched the movie in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS and saying to the director that this is the best piece of urs.....but still Tarantino rocks!!

  5. pulkit kya tera kata hai to sabka katwaane ke liye glorify kar raha hai kya isko .... sala aisa chutiyapa zindagi main nahi dekha .... lagta ha i theater main nautanki chal rahi ho koi :|

  6. Perhaps you need to explain what genre Tarantino is all about to the non-believers!

  7. @the butterflydiaries, I express my inability to do so with words. Instead, I can suggest ways to turn into a believer. Watch 'Pulp Fiction', 'Kill Bill Vol I and Vol II', 'Death Proof' for a start. :)

  8. You should try watching Cannibal Holocaust, hope you like it... :-)