Friday, September 25, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

I've just seen the movie Inglourious Basterds.
Having read much about it beforehand, I'm now in a position to comment.
The reason I feel it necessary is that those who are professional movie critics need to stop getting paid for their reviews, they are idiots.

First look at the title, both words are mis-spelled. Inglorious is spelled as " Inglourious" and bastards is spelled as "Basterds". Take a hint movie reviewers, you missed the incorrect spelling of the first word and latched on to the second word. The devil is in the detail. An intentionally incorrect title hints that this movie isn't about facts in any shape of form. You can't judge the movie in terms of history because it isn't meant to refer to history. It is an alternative reality and isn't that what all movies are? Even those that posture themselves as recreating reality?

Take note of the opening tag, "Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France" and settle down for a fairy story, a tale of imagination.

Read anything into this story that reflects reality and you've misunderstood the whole point. It is a fable, it isn't a parable it is pure fantasy.
If anything re-inforces this it's the fact that in the movie, Hitler is shot dead in a movie theatre in France and we all know that is fiction.

So where does all this talk about anti-semitism come from?

It's surprising to find Brad Pitt, who is no acting slouch taking a second place to the magnificent role played by Christoph Lanz. Profusely polite, wickedly cunning and thoroughly evil. I won't be surpised if he gets nominated for an Academy Award.

The violence is typically graphic as you would expect in a Tarantino movie but the action scenes are only a small part of the whole. The extended scenes of dialogue are what make up most of the movie and yes, there are a few subtitles but don't be alarmed as I was, they don't interfere in the enjoyment of the movie.
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Jeannie said...

I'm glad I didn't bother reading any "professional" reviews. They missed the first misspelling? Maybe they should be fired. Obviously the title was purposely misspelled (and I'll bet they had to explain the intention over and over to everyone) to give us a hint that what was coming was anything but serious. I generally don't like Tarantino that much - too uncomfortable - but this movie was great.

Lexcen said...

Jeannie, it's left with an urge to get a pipe just like the one in the movie :-)

beamish said...

I saw it tonight. I knew I was in for a cynical treat when the opening scene began with the French dairy farm with white sheets on a clothesline fluttering in the wind like a giant-sized surrender flag.

It just got better from there.

The movie was an allegory of / vehicle for Quentin Tarantino's sarcasm towards film critics. Basically thumbing his nose at them. The violation of Godwin's Law was just gratuitous fun.

I liked it.