Centurion has already gotten another watch since my (harsh) review so I had high hopes that the rest of the Bender Wagon’s offerings would be a joy to behold. I then remembered that Inglourious Basterds was next on the list. This displeased me. I didn’t like the film first time around but with the aid of my rose tinted Fassbender Spectacles I did allow myself a glimmer of hope.
PLOT: Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his band of soldiers are deep in Nazi occupied France scaring the shit out of the Nazis. After escaping execution from Colonel Landa (Christoph Waltz) cinema owner Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent) meets a young Nazi war hero whose crush on her means that the premier of his new film will take place in her cinema. Everyone but Hitler decides to blow up the damn cinema. There are interweaving plot lines which play like an extended homage to Tarantino’s back catalogue. There are characters which never meet. There is a western theme soundtrack. There are many deaths. Samuel L Jackson leaves with the briefcase…….oh wait….no that’s not right. END PLOT
The plot is typical Tarantino and has all the hallmarks of a Tarantino film. This is an insult and not a compliment.
I think my dislike of Inglourious Basterds is because I don’t understand what the film is supposed to be. Whenever the Basterds are on screen the film plays like a very black comedy but the opening with Landa and LaPadite and all of Fassbender’s scenes play like a thriller. The tone shifts again in the final section when they reach the cinema and it becomes a cheesy cartoon-like mess – even Waltz’s performance changes and Landa becomes a camp caricature of the Landa in the opening scene.
Christoph Waltz (up to a point) and Melanie Laurent put in very strong performances but aside from Brad Pitt acting through his chin the Basterds are the weakest and least interesting part of the entire film. I think this is why the final section kills the film for me as it is very Basterd heavy.
German born and German speaking but Irish raised and accented Fassbender does very well in speaking fluent German with a posh English accent. The reason he is getting his own season just as his career is taking off shows in the basement scene alone.
The soundtrack is typical Tarantino and has all the hallmarks of a Tarantino film. This is an insult and not a compliment.
I need someone to sit me down and explain the reasons for all the hype which surrounds Tarantino and Inglourious Basterds. I hate everything about Tarantino’s films as much as I love everything about del Toros. If I am being truly honest I just hate the smug and self-aggrandising prick that is Tarantino.
Everything about Inglourious Basterds ebbed and flowed with this weird disjointed feel to it, much like this review, so I am just giving the damn film a 5/10. It is unlikely that I will be having a Diane Kruger season any time soon so I will have no cause to watch or think about this film ever again. This pleases me.