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.

Brad Pitt,Diane Kruger
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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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40 of 46 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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I'm a huge Tarantino fan, however I had reservations about watching this as I'd heard that there was a LOT of violence in it (and I'm pretty squeamish, despite being 20 years old). But, after I watched Django for the second time, I decided to pluck up some courage, get over the gore and watch this film. I wasn't sure what to expect, as the reviews were pretty mixed, however the majority were highly praising and it seemed that even the bad comments raved about Christoph Waltz's performance.

The film felt long to me, however, strangely, that didn't bother me. My favourite parts were what a lot of the negative reviews criticized the film for: it's long sections of dialogue. I thought they were clever, interesting and tense. However, this may be due to the fact that a lot of these scenes featured Hans Landa, who was played immaculately by the brilliant Christoph Waltz and somehow had me hanging on to his every word. For me (and for a lot of other people, judging by the reviews) he made this film. The rest of the cast were also very good; and though Brad Pitt's character was undeniably hammy, I think that was the way it was meant to be played, and it worked well. The story-line was engaging, though I found myself more interested in the interaction of the characters than the underlying plot. But I won't hold that against Tarantino, especially in this day and age where most blockbusters seem to feature stereotypical, predictable and wooden characters.

What parts let it down? Well, most of the reviews here said the ending. I don't really agree. Sure, it could have been better, but I did enjoy it and it is very, ahem, explosive. What I didn't care for was how easily Landa seemed to be fooled. He is cunning and highly intelligent, shouldn't he have seen that coming?
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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, "Inglorious Basterds" is a fictitious, visceral story of WW II in which a small group of American Jewish commandos led by Lieutenant Aldo Raine played by Brad Pitt turn the tables on Hitler and his Nazis. The movie is set in Paris during the German occupation. Besides Pitt, the major character is the Nazi "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa played by Austrian actor Christoph Waltz. Landa is suave, intelligent, shrewd, and deadly. Waltz does an extraordinary job of acting in portraying this difficult character.

The movie movies swiftly and held my attention throughout its 150 minutes. The movie is violent and crude with many scenes of beatings, cuttings, and killings. It captures the brutality of the war. In the movie, while not in fact, the Nazis get a deserved and swift comeuppance. It is a movie of vengeance.

I was engaged with this movie but found it valuable to step back and remember that it is a work of fiction. Some intelligent criticism has suggested that in this film that roles of the Nazis and the Jews has, if not been reversed, at least been somewhat equated. As in some other WW II movies, German top leadership is portrayed as consisting of buffoons. Tragically, WW II did not happen like this.

The movie was absorbing, dark, and wrenching but not especially probing. I did not find it nearly as effective or entertaining as Tarantino's more recent movie, "Django Unchained". Christoph Waltz is oustandining in both films.

Robin Friedman
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