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"Inglourious Basterds"
(Courtesy of UIP)

Genre: War/Action
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Samm Levine, B.J. Novak, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Paul Rust, Michael Bacall, Omar Doom, Sylvester Groth, Julie Dreyfus, Mike Myers
RunTime: 2 hrs 32 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: M18 (Violence)
Official Website: www.inglouriousbasterds-movie.com

Opening Day: 17 September 2009


"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own...

Movie Review:

Dear Quentin,

Pardon my lack of etiquette, but I’m sure you are not one who bothers too much about formality. In what most people deem as correct English, the title of your latest movie should have been correctly spelt as “Inglorious Bastards”, but you went ahead to include an extra “u” in the first word, and replaced the “a” with an “e” in the second word. And it takes a genius like you to pull an answer like “That’s the Tarantino way of spelling it” when asked about the title spelling.

You are the coolest, man.

I must admit that when I first saw the trailer for your latest film, I wasn’t too excited about it. How can a World War II movie about assassinating Adolf Hitler be any thrilling to watch? Furthermore, I just couldn’t picture your signature style of stylized violence (how can anyone say they weren’t impressed by the visual ecstasy you gave audiences in Kill Bill?) in such a, yawn, historic setting. But gosh, I was terribly wrong, and I must apologize for actually having doubts in your filmmaking skills.

To provide a synopsis for the story you are telling will not do any justice to your nifty writing. To put it simply, your latest tale of revenge takes place during World War II, where a group of Jewish American soldiers affectionately known as "The Basterds" are going around scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds are soon involved in a deadly mission where double agents will cross paths with each other. And boy, will there be blood.

Let it be known to mere mortals that this 152 minute movie has your name spelt all over it. Clever writing? Check. Bloody violence? Check. Tongue in cheek setups? Check. Those who are familiar with your previous works like Pulp Fiction (1994) and Death Proof (2007) will enjoy every minute of this entertaining film. And I am not even saying that it is mindless entertainment, because cinephiles would have so much fun picking up little details you have peppered throughout the two and a half hour picture. The yellow coloured subtitles (there is really quite a lot of French and German dialogues here), the sudden insertions of visual aids (that really helps a clueless Science and History dud like me) and the clever use of music (no original score here, only spot on classic tracks from legendary composer Ennio Morricone) are all witty devices you have employed to keep audiences engaged in having their eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end.

And let’s not even talk about the cast you have gathered. Brad Pitt puts his pretty face to use as the lieutenant leading The Basterds. Christoph Waltz is a joy to watch every time he appears in a scene, and that brilliant performance as a German officer gave him a Best Actor award at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival this year. And then there’s the luminous Diane Kruger as a popular film star in Germany and a spy for the Great Britain. Other familiar faces you’ve included in your latest masterpiece include Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Daniel Bruhl, Mike Myers (gasp!) and in what I call a stroke of genius, the voices of your Pulp Fiction alumni Harvey Keitel and Samuel L. Jackson. Oh, and why did you remove Maggie Cheung's scenes from the final cut of your film?

Everyone looks like they had a hell of a time being part of this film, and I guess you did too. In one memorable sequence where a British lieutenant (who was formerly a film critic) played by Michael Fassbender talks about his knowledge on German cinema, I can almost feel your glee as a film lover.

I’ve said it and I’ll say it again: You are the coolest, man.

A True Fan

Movie Rating:

(Quentin Tarantino shows the world why he is one of the coolest filmmakers of our generation)

Review by John Li


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