Quentin Tarantino is a modern day creative genius in my opinion. He blatantly ignores all the rules of movie-making and just does what he wants to do. His latest movie Inglourious Basterds defies all categorisation. He combines all the ingredients that appeal to him and succeeds in making a movie that is edgey and enjoyable. He even has the arrogance to rewrite history into a story that perhaps he would have preferred rather than what did actually occur.
Employing pulp and propaganda in equal measure, Quentin Taratinto’s Inglourious Basterds weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WW11. Read the official synopsis here.
If you like spaghetti westerns, film noir, a femme fatale or two, witty dialogue, foreign languages, war stories, comic book storyboard, gratuitous violence, blood, gore, explosions, and clever musical tracks then this is a movie for you.
The main character is the nicest bad guy you will ever meet; Christoph Waltz plays Colonel Hans Landa a German SS Officer. He goes to great lengths to explain to others his viewpoint that is not exactly kind. Brad Pitt plays the stiff American Army Commander Lieutenant Aldo Raine who does not speak any Italian despite saying he does. Melanie Laurent plays the French femme fatale Shosanna Dreyfus. There is a hilarious scene with Colonel Hans Landa and Shosanna Dreyfus in a restaurant eating Apple Strudel with cream. I’m not sure exactly why this is so funny but it made me laugh when not many others in the cinema were.
You have to approach this movie with a sense of humour. Tarantino obviously has a ball making his unique style of movies. I loved it despite the violent scenes that I viewed through parted fingers. And as a lover of French movies I loved the language and the French settings.