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Inglourious Basterds

I was thoroughly entertained by Inglourious Basterds. I think Tarantino has matured a bit, and the film is nicely balanced between his signature dialogue and cartoonish blood spatters. Brad Pitt certainly couldn't have asked for a more memorable monologue, and, as many reviews have said, Christoph Waltz is outstanding as Colonel Hans Landa.

In my opinion, this is Tarantino's best work since Pulp Fiction.

So many great lines, but don't click unless you've seen it, because there are some spoilers.

That was exactly the spectacle I was in the mood to see on a movie date with my sweetie. :)



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Sep. 14th, 2009 09:29 am (UTC)
We saw it this weekend, too. I thought it was a little slow and needed tighter editing. I didn't feel like we really got to know any of the Basterds well enough to really care when they died. I was also assuming throughout the film that it would eventually integrate itself into recorded history; I was completely unprepared for it as an alternate history, and again, it seemed to take away a bit of the impact.

Completely agreed about Christoph Waltz; he was a fascinating villain. Oh, and Mélanie Laurent has a wonderfully expressive face; she can say a lot with just eyebrows. She reminded me of Katie Sackoff, and she and her lover were the only characters I really ever connected with emotionally.
Sep. 14th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: (Spoilers)
I knew going into it that it was going to radically diverge from history, but I can imagine being surprised if you had kept yourself spoiler-free (Tarantino was interviewed on Fresh Air the week of the movie's release, and I happened to catch it on my drive home).

To me, Inglourious Basterds was so much larger than life that it wasn't the sort of movie where I really needed to know each of the characters well: Aldo Raine, Shosanna Dreyfus, Hans Landa, Frederick Zoller, Archie Hicox ... while we may not have learned a great deal about their specific backgrounds in many cases, I felt that the conversations they had said much about their characters.

I agree that Laurent was very expressive. I also liked Til Schweiger as Hugo Stiglitz.

Edited at 2009-09-14 02:30 pm (UTC)
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