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Au Revoir, Shosanna,
This review is from: Inglourious Basterds [DVD] (2009) (DVD)First things first - running at 153 minutes its far too long. Worse still, the long running time contains alot of excess weight. Its a very flabby film. You can help but think that perhaps it would have been better if it had been a half hour shorter. Alot of scenes are drawn out unecessarily and really could have been shortened to allow the film to flow better! He simply tries to put too much in and this really makes the experience a little jolty.
The story is however typical Tarantino. It feels somewhat like a western in parts, especially the opening chapter. As per usual alot of shots and frames have been lifted from classic Hollywood films. There is a shot at the beginning that has taken directly from John Ford's "The Searchers" - the scene with the door! This is something, however, one must endure about Tarantino. There is nothing whatsoever original about his work. Plagiarism is Quentin Tarantino's middle name and so although it can never be ignored when he rips off some of cinema's great director's you just have to put up with it!
The great thing about the film, however, is the performances from the three main European actors - Austria's Christoph Waltz, Germany's Diane Kruger and France's Melanie Laurent! Waltz is simply majestic as Hans Landa. He plays the role with a sly smile and comes across as extremely sinister. He really seems to be enjoying himself and I hope he will be seen on our screens alot more. He certainly deserves an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Aside from Waltz the performances of Kruger and Laurent in particular are wonderful. They are both extremely beautiful women and put this seductiveness into every inch of their performances. Tarantino seems to get great sensual performances out of his female leads and always writes great female roles - Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and Pam Grier in Jackie Brown spring to mind. We have two such sensual performances here from Kruger and Laurent who both seem to understand totally what is required of them...
On another note, I am a huge Brad Pitt fan. However I just did not like him in this role. It just did not work whatsoever for me! I think a more macho guy was required to play the part of Aldo. Perhaps somebody a little older with more of an on screen presence would have filled the role better...
All in all, it is an enjoyable film. Like I say, far too long and plagiaristic but the performances are what makes the film as enjoyable as it is!