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Inglorious Basterds

Movie Inglorious Basterds
Director Quentin Tarantino

Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl

Oh you Tarantino fans are in for a typically dramatic film. The scenes or acts are structured and well thought out as usual and given the visual and sensory impact these scenes have I'm sure he's achieved the desired effect. But what is inglorious and what did it set out to achieve? In essence, for me, this is Tarantino giving into his 13 year old self, sitting in a classroom, listening to how world war 2 unfolded and saying, why didn't they just do this? I'd have killed Hitler like this, I'd have done this, and done that, then writing it down on paper and bringing his childish vision to life. The thing is, in doing this he has given himself licence to have incredible fun and to completely re-write history. This makes the film utterly compelling from the get go. The characters are fantastic, Aldo the Apache who was descended from Native Americans (Injun's) who requires all of the men under his command to scalp 100 Nazi's, and who's policy is that "We ain't in the prisoner budiness, we in the Nazi Killin' budiness". He rounds up a unit of particularly nasty animals, even Germans, who want to do nothing but kill Nazi's.

The scene structure has always been different in Tarantino films, and sets them apart as acts, often long, which contain perhaps only one important scene, with plenty of subtlety so that you would hardly realise how much they are driving the plot forward. He likes to pluck his stereotypes but uses them in his own unique way, and the fresh perspectives have always been refreshing in his films if sometimes shocking. In Inglorious, he has kept up this tradition but scene structure wise this may be his finest achievement. The opening sequence was a device to bring out one of our main characters hatred of the Nazi's as her family are butchered around her Melanie Laurent and introduce the brilliantly scripted and acted Hans "The Jew hunter" Landa, who was brilliantly realised by the outstanding Christoph Waltz.

Some of the most shocking and brilliantly planned scenes I've seen in a long time are presented throughout this film. Tarantino just doesn't take a camera and shoot what he's written. It's so obvious that the location vs. scene vs. character arguement is waging constantly and possibly even after the film is shot I'm sure he's thinking I could have done this, that and the other. This meticulous planning doesn't ruin his vision with over-thinking or not so you could possibly notice. Tarantino is a Kid with a vision and a camera and if nothing else his vision is still fresh and entertaining. I personally want more. If more writers or directors were braver I wonder what the shape of Hollywood's finances would be like? American cinemas wouldn't be as empty anymore I'd wager. Go see Inglorious, its slow moving, but shocking, beautifully written yet horrible and suitably deserves your attention.

This movie scores 9.1/10