Sunday, August 23, 2009

Review: Inglourious Basterds

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Title: Inglourious Basterds
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino (written by)
Staring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality.
Running Time: 153 min (2 hr and 33 min)
Synopsis: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert: 4 Stars
Michael Phillips: NA
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: B

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 87% (Fresh), Top Critics: 74% (
Fresh), RT Community: 86% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 69 out of 100, Users: 8.5 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 73: (37.3% A, 39.5% B, 15.0% C, 5.4% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: A- Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Inspired by Italian director Enzo Castellari's 1978 movie The Inglorious Bastards, but it is not a remake of that film, written by Quentin Tarantino.

Acting and Dialogue:
A: Let me first off say Christoph Waltz play an awesomely menacing antagonist and should be nominated for his role as Col. Hans Landa. But the buck doesn't stop there the acting in the film was great all around except for maybe Eli Roth, who in my opinion is a better witter/ director. I also have to comment on how great dialouge was. There were a lot of great one-liner spoken by Brad Pitt's character. I laughed almost every time he was one screen.

Art Direction: A: The art in this film is beautiful in a different way.

Cinematography: A: Supurb work the man behind the camera,Robert Richardson, might very well be one of the top cinematographers.

Direction: A-: When looking at Quentin Tarantino's career most people will agree with me that his early films where awesome, cult classics, and his recent films have ranged from decent to "I have seen better." So with that being said Inglourious Basterds is by far a redeeming film for Quentin Tarantino's career.

Screenplay: A: I already mention the great dailoge but this film also has great choreographed scenes. Visually these scene turn out beautiful and that comes from the genus mind of Quentin Tarantino.

Sound and Music: A: The score was very fitting...almost had a Stanley Kubrick feel to it with the music

VFX: B: This film is mainly dramatically driven but there was a lot of scene that used Special Effects and make-up, which was great.

Overall: A-: It's not only a great guy film but it's also a great cinematic adventure. This great film has some negative aspects to it. The first of which is how long the film is, it rings in at two and half hours...and you know it is that long. I have seen films just as long and not felt like there could have been been at least 45 minutes cut out. But through and through I do recommend it.

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