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Inglourious Basterds Review
Eric Moro: Hey guys this is Eric and Chris and we’re here today to talk to you about Inglourious Basterds. Applying Tarantino style action and dialogue to the World War II genre, Inglourious Basterds tells a story of an elite US Force charged with not only killing Nazis but ate up Hitler himself.
Okay Chris so this is a Quinn Tarantino movie and I think you can’t start any discussion about a cutie film without addressing style and structure because he manages to play with those in every movie he makes.
Chris Monfette: Right. And this is sort of one of Tarantino’s man on a mission film. This is a so much dirty dozen, certainly the Italian fun glorious bastard in which sort of steals a version of its title. And in a weird way, strange way, and this is most theatrical movie sense for dogs. It feels like four plays that lead into one sort of half hour movie. It’s for conversation, each about 20minutes long, some maybe one or two scenes that are sort of that dialogue is suspense. That slow billed into a sudden burst of violence that Quinn Tarantino’s famous for.
In each scene is fascinating and great in it’s own right but they don’t necessarily come together in a movie that feels cohesive to make.
Eric Moro: Yes. That’s what originally dreamy to Tarantino films to begin with was that great, realistic, witty dialogue that he manages to write. However, in working Reservoir Dogs, it worked in pulp fiction. I don’t think it works in every film that he makes. I think quite honestly, he needs to adapt his filmmaking style and approach to the particular genre he is working.
Chris Monfette: Yes and since this is a sub-titled movie, it’s in German and it’s in French there’s parts in English you don’t even get the advantage of that sort of hip cup pop cultured cool that he wants to reference so much. And it does feel a little bit forced to me especially in the fourth and fifth chapters when it sort of it becomes a bounty movies in Europe at the time of the Nazis. And it’s all culminating in a film premiere which really just feels like quite a Tarantino talking about movies again in a way that he can make sense to do it.
Eric Moro: Well let’s shift gears here and talk about some other performances because we have a really eclectic kind of group of actors working here.
Chris Monfette: There are some brilliant performances here. The standout is absolutely Col. Landa who and this sounds awful to say is probably the best Nazis since Rey Fines. His character is vicious and charming and off putting and enigmatic and evasive and just brilliantly portrayed. And then you get Lt. Alderains who is this sort of bad ass, smarter than you and suspecting sort of Southern American Apache who’s going around scalping Nazis with his sort of group of bastards in European wilderness.
Eric Moro: Yes and that’s obviously was Brad Pitt. And that’s what I mean. You have like the A list and you got a great secondary cast like Diane Krueger, Elay Rowe, Ejjan Novack and then kind of this third year of actress that I’ve never even heard of before but they fill up the ranks and they definitely play a role in the film and I guess again that’s a tribute to Quentin. He does manage to get great performances out of his—
Chris Monfette: No difference here.
Eric Moro: I will say this to you. Keep your eyes and ears open for some really cool cameos. You got some audible cameos and some guys that pop up time to time. So why don’t we get down to the brass tacks, give us your star rating and your final thoughts.
Chris Monfette: We’re going to give it three out of five and that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s a bad movie. Tarantino doesn’t make those movies. This is an interesting movie. It’s called great performances; great conversations that slow build dialogues, moments and violence. But it’s just not the sort of cohesive action man in a mission movie. I think we think about when we think about the Dirty Dozen or even the original Bastard. So there’s some good drama but it just doesn’t quite gel for me.
Eric Moro: Yes. I agree. It’s definitely a watchable movie. It’s just kind of average. I am glad that he finally got around in making this movie that he’d been talking about for so long. So it is good see it up on the screen. So there you have it. From more in Inglourious Basterds, be sure to check out Movies.ign.com