Inglourious Basterds 2009

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Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shoshanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of re...

Starring:
Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger
Runtime:
2 hours 32 minutes

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Inglourious Basterds

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Quentin Tarantino
Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger
Supporting actors Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel BrüHl, Eli Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Julie Dreyfus
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ja McLaughlin on 20 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
This is the kind of movie only Quentin Tarantino seems able to get away with. A typically irreverent, cunning and scatological piece of flotsam that does everything against the accepted movie-making conventions but mostly works nonetheless.

Watching it, I kept thinking about all those `how to write a screenplay' courses and instruction books and reflecting on how the writing for `Inglorious Basterds' would probably fail all the standard academic criteria for success. Here is a 153 minute long movie that largely consists of lengthy conversations between two or more characters, usually sitting statically at tables and ranging around all sorts of commonplace chit-chat before getting to the point. The point, when eventually reached, then usually climaxes in a short, brutal moment of extreme violence. The film also pays scant attention to its titular characters, who are mostly just there to supply the key moments of violence. Tarantino prefers to turn conventions around and promote nominal supporting roles into the predominant leads. Finally, there's the intriguing awareness that this screenplay could probably be adapted as a theatre play with minimal change and a pretty modest budget. In fact, if somebody told you the whole thing was a filmed stage play you'd probably believe it.

Tarantino's usual indulgences are as much to the fore as ever - pastiche, self-awareness, smugness, overlength and endless movie references. The whole thing starts with a lengthy tribute to the opening of Once Upon a Time in the West and another long scene, involving the French heroine played by Melanie Laurent, looks like something lifted straight from a late-50s New Wave classic by Goddard or Truffaut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Gordon on 11 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Lots of reviews already up on this film, and ranging widely from 1 star to the full 5 star accolade.

I've really enjoyed Mr Tarantino's earlier work, but this one left me cold. I've marked it two stars as "I hate it" seems a tad too strong for me, but being honest, I would never watch this again and I'm not keeping it, so it's a freebie gift to any friend who's curious to watch it.

Nor would I recommend it. I'm no prude or wilting violet when it come to on-screen violence and gore, but it seems the only reason to include some of the scenes in this film was to either ensure it got a UK '18' certificate, or to completely over-compensate for what was a very pedestrian storyline. Take away the frankly clumsy 'alternate' history involved here, the crude violence, and the ridiculously over-the-top action scenes and it's just a bit banal.

So disappointing. And as an eager follower of his early work, its really painful for me to say that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ross on 12 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
This bloodbath comedy reinvents the end of the Third Reich in a slapstick assassination of the top Nazis in a little cinematic holocaust planned and perpetrated by American and French Jews. The trademark Tarantino gore is splashed in abundance and the dextrous wit of the multilingual screenplay is a joy to the ears. Christoph Waltz plays an exuberantly garrulous "Jew hunter" SS colonel in a virtuoso performance that holds the plot together with dazzling panache. Brad Pitt by contrast looks out of place as a drawling hillbilly US lieutenant leading an inglorious pack of Jewish scalp-hunters. Still, with Tarantino chapter breaks and applied graphics to put a modern gloss on what could easily have sunk into another fictional war story, the production sings along quite effectively.

What worried me at the outset and still worries me now two viewings later is that the moral standpoint the movie as a whole represents is both well worn in countless previous movies and philosophically inadequate to the loathsomeness of the evil it reflects. The Nazis were beastly to the Jews, so let a bunch of Jews be equally beastly to the Nazis, and let them kill Hitler too, to end the war nine months earlier and save the world, as it were. This is fine as a first introduction to the issues for innocent youngsters, if there are any left, who have not yet gone deeper. But brutality was not the unique horror of the Nazi phenomenon, and ending the horror show nine months earlier would have saved far more Germans, who had collectively voted to stage the spectacle in the first place, than Jews, who had suffered their worst attrition already by then. Hypotheticals are anyway moot in history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alex spencer on 24 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great Tarantino!! Christoph Waltz is wonderful as in Django. What more can I say.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 5 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
THE STORY:
During WWII, the Basterds of the title are a commando group dedicated to bringing death and bloody ruin to the Nazis in Europe. Meanwhile, a Jewish girl who escaped the murder of her family plots her ultimate revenge. Hunting both the Basterds and the girl is Colonel Hans Landa, an SS officer with a keen intellect and a ruthless reputation.

WHAT'S GOOD:
Cristoph Waltz puts in an excellent performance as Landa; managing to pull off the feat of being simultaneously charismatic and chilling. Michael Fassbender's turn as a British special agent attached to the Basterds is also particularly noteworthy. Add to these Tarantino's unique talent for stylishly delivered action sequences and you've got this film's three redeeming features.

WHAT'S BAD:
Tarantino, a master of the witty underworld-based flick, badly overplays his hand by attempting a war film. He is clearly attempting to homage the likes of 'The Dirty Dozen' (even going so far as to include the music used in that film's final set-piece) but fails to capture the wry, downbeat tone of those sort of movies. Similarly this film doesn't work as any other subgenre of war film either. It's too gung-ho and historically ridiculous to work as a serious war film and if it's a morality tale-type war film, then the moral seems to be that everyone, regardless of what their background is or what side their on, is basically a sadistic thug. Throw into the mix an appalling performance by Brad Pitt and a truly bizarre cameo by Mike Myers and you've got a recipe for disaster. Where the likes of 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Reservoir Dogs' benefit greatly from their fractured storylines, here we're just presented with a mess more unpleasant than the head of the German who gets his brains bashed out with a baseball bat.

OVERALL:
Proof that some writer/directors should really just stick with what they already know.
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