After rigging my laptop up to my TV, plugging in the surround sound and turning it up to 11, I was in for a treat as my wife and two friends were there to experience this wonderful movie for their first time. Often a movie like this may not need a second watch as you saw everything there was to see the first time round, but with any Tarantino movie, you could watch them 100 times and still get something different out of it.
Inglourious Basterds is about a plot to kill Hitler during the 2nd world war. It’s a completely made up story but Tarantino lets his mind go wild thinking up loads of ‘what-if’ storylines’ to create a wonderful film. The cast is rather vast but every character has been carefully and perfectly picked to fulfil their role. The movie could not have worked without a genius performance from top class badie, Christoph Waltz who plays Col. Hans Landa aka, ‘The Jew Hunter’. Other members of the cast include Eli Roth, BJ Novak, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Brühl and Til Schweiger.
Synopsis: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
Each of the different scenes in the movie is broken up into chapters, something that Tarantino has used before and it really works well. Without giving anything away, my favourite chapter is when the Basterds, let by Brad Pitt go to a bar to meet Diane Kruger’s character. Suffice to say the meet doesn’t fully go to plan and some of the best dialogue in the movie is exchanged between Brad Pitt and Gedeon Burkhard.
It’s hard to write a review about the movie in itself without giving various plot-lines away so I might leave it there and just encourage you to go out and rent or buy this movie as soon as possible. It really is a Tarantino classic and is one of my favourite movies of 2009. Watching it with people who hadn’t seen it before was wonderful as you got to see the expression on their faces that I no doubt had the first time I saw it. Watching it for a second time was just as good, if not better than the first and this will be a movie that I’ll throw on time and time again to keep enjoying the wonderful acting and dialogue that Inglourious Basterds brings. There’s talk of a prequel and I hope it happens!
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