The current master of violence and crude conversation has done it again. He has created yet another film full of overdone dialogue and action, only he’s added new big name celebrities to the cast list.The 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds,” released Aug. 21, was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, after being in the works for almost a decade.
This film gives people an altered portrayal of how World War II went, since it started in the mind of the twisted Tarantino. In this version of the war, the Nazis aren’t walking away with badges of honor, they walk away with scarred foreheads bearing a swastika symbol, courtesy of the “Basterds.” Jewish girls actually escape and get away long enough to obtain a different identity and plan attacks of revenge on crowds full of German soldiers. And a German cinema starlet serves as a double agent helping out the group that is sent to kill and scalp the Nazis armed forces. Add all that up, and it’s another unusual piece of work from the mastermind we have all been watching for over a decade.
“Inglourious Basterds” is a film divided into five chapters, each one introducing you to a different group of people that mesh and intertwine with each other throughout the film. The people gracing the screen with their presence just so happen to be big name celebrities, ones that Quentin has yet to work with, like Brad Pitt, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger. But a newcomer, to American cinema, Melanie Laurent, bears quite a resemblance to Uma Thurman, one of Tarantino’s go-to actors in his previous works, showing his audiences that he is taking risks, but still relying on some of his old usual charm.
But one other new thing people have had to get used to is the language barrier in his current film. If you just so happen to be fluent in German, French, Italian and a good southern accent, this film is a good match for you. However, if you are not or you haven’t brushed up on your foreign languages lately, I suggest an energy drink to get you through reading this 153-minute movie.
Audiences should not be thrown off by the time consuming flick full of subtitles, since compared to Tarantino’s past films, this has all the works to make it a Quentin classic: action, drawn out conversations, cursing, weapons, blood and of course some humor.
“Inglourious Basterds” is a film everyone should see.