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Inglourious Basterds
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Starring: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mike Myers
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: The Weinstein Companies
Unviersal Pictures
Web Site: inglouriousbasterds-movie
Kiddie Movie: Absolutely not, unless you want them to think Hitler died in a movie theater.
Date Movie: If she is a Quentin Tarantino fan.
Gratuitous Sex: It's got some, but no nudity.
Gratuitous Violence: Umm, Nazi's get scalped. Duh.
Action: There really isn't any chasing.
Laughs: Lots of witty dialogue.
Memorable Scene: The final scene in the projection room.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Produced By: xx 

Inglourious Basterds
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:32 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
The buzz was out there, some people were complaining with the historical liberties, and others in their reviews can’t help but compare “Inglourious Basterds” to other Quentin Tarantino projects, but I don’t care about any of that because all I know was that even though the movie was over 2 ½ hours long, I enjoyed every minute of it.  Let’s get to the historically inaccurate story…

“Inglourious Basterds”, which I’m going to call I.B. for the rest of this review because I keep having to re-type it over and over again to get the incorrect spelling that Quentin decided to grace us all with, mostly tells the story of a small group of Jewish-American soldiers, led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), whose main mission was to hunt down the Nazi’s, kill them, scalp them, and generally inflict fear in the Nazi ranks that one day they would come across the Basterds and find themselves dead and hairless.  But this is a Quentin Tarantino movie so you know there has to be more storylines that over the course of the movie will somehow all tie together, and alas there is also a young dudette, Shosanna (Melanie Laurent), who escapes certain death at the hands of “The Jew Hunter,” Colonel Landa (Christoph Waltz), only to find herself back in his presence a few years later; There is a German war hero who has a movie made of his heroics that also intertwines his life with Shosanna’s; There is a German actress, Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger), who gets intertwined with them all, and of course, what World War II movie would be complete without an Adolf Hitler (Martin Wuttke), and this one has him and a much more entertaining ending to Hitler’s life rather than his boring committing suicide.

I really don’t want to give too much more away, because, as is the case with many Tarantino movies, it is the way he creates his characters and somehow gets them all to end up melding together that is totally entertaining, and I.B. does this greatly so telling you anything else will ruin any of the surprises of how the various stories are put together.  For example, and I’ll keep this simple, but there is a scene in a bar that seems somewhat inane, that has a ton of people getting dead, and when the scene is initially over you might think it was a waste of time, but then we find the necessity of it all.

So, without giving plot lines away, I guess I’ll just bestow kudos on the cast of characters and the actors that played them, that Quentin put together, because in true fashion he found people that were perfect for the roles.  I mean, I have to admit I’m not a giant fan of Brad Pitt’s work, but I loved his dry, twisted, sick humor as the leader of the Basterds, even the simplicity and evilness in the eye of Shosanna was done greatly by Melanie Laurent, but the role that is totally killer in I.B. is that of Col. Landa, and Christoph Waltz, who is a master of various languages, uses them perfectl, and from the get-go we see some kind of weird, twistedness, what with him being the Jew Hunter and all, but Waltz is so good in his role that when he wasn’t on the screen I missed him, and just as I was about to forget him, Quentin brings him right back to finish the final acts.

Now this is a Tarantino movie through and through, so yes, there is tons of violence - I mean, come on, Nazi’s get scalped, but again, it is so over the top that it almost seems comical.  The dialogue has that crispness we expect, the intertwining stories worked perfectly coming together, and the music score punctuates every scene that needs just a little push.

In the end I loved the movie, but understand if you don’t.  Pretty simply, if you didn’t like a “Pulp Fiction” or “Kill Bill,” you will most likely not like this movie.  For me I loved both of them, and give “Inglourious Basterds” 5 stars out of 5.  It’s Quentin at his witty, violent, twisted best.

That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

 

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