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3.0 out of 5 stars Not vintage Tarantino, 30 Jun 2013
This review is from: Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009) (DVD)
Hmmm... I thought that this was a mixed bag.

It lacks the humour and charm of Pulp Fiction (my favourite Tarantino movie), but justifies its violence unlike Natural Born Killers. I thought it lacked the pace of True Romance and From Dusk Till Dawn... and just ambled around the middle ground in a Sin City kind of way.

I thought it started well, and the early shift from French to English made me smile, and the narration by Samuel L Jackson made me chuckle in places.

But I had a fundamental problem with some of the characters. Brad Pitt's role seemed to be as racially prejudiced as his enemy - he just wants to kill Nazi's because he's be taught to hate. The English seem to be incompetent upper class toffs. And the final scene in the cinema... I found that deeply uncomfortable. What was the message? Jews will inflict a fiery hell on those who trespass against them? Does that make the Nazi's fear and loathing of them right? It just seemed a bit garbled, and did not know what Tarantino was trying to say.

That said, there were some great moments - I loved the idea that uniforms can be taken off... but scars are forever. The Bear Jew was awesome, and the idea the some german soliders did rebel against their commanders was covered well.

However, at 150 minutes+, this is an overly long film - it felt like it was two films that had each only been three-quarters developed. And was it just me, or was there not enough labelling that this film was NOT portraying history. Hitler did not die that way... but thanks to this film, I know a few people who thought he did. Which probably says more about our education system than anything else. 3/5
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Initial post: 27 Jan 2014 01:25:49 GMT
grex9101 says:
It's just you. Anyone with a functioning brain cell would know that this film was in no way an authoritative account of world war two. Indeed, if anyone thinks it is, they really should be ostracised from society and placed in a colony for idiots.
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