Inglourious Basterds

Note the correct spelling of the name of the film!

Tarantino is a master of dialogue. This is proven by the opening chapter of Inglourious Basterds. There are really only two people in it and even though there are props to give a few visual gags, the scene’s massive presence is all due to the fantastically written dialogue and the two actors who are delivering it. It proves even further my point that the use of different languages and accents helps to enforce the drama. Of course it’s not just this first scene that makes the film great, almost every other scene in the film carries with it some drama, but especially for me, this first chapter stands out as the best thing Tarantino has written.

Somehow Tarantino also created a, if you like, lovable Nazi, perfectly portrayed by Christopher Waltz. A master of all languages, able to hide his sinister malace behind a silky smooth voice. With that in mind it’s sometimes hard to known whether Tarantino had a soft spot for the Nazis, or whether he was just making a satirical, probably stereotypical point with all the flamboyant decoration and leather uniforms. Either way it’s brilliant. You’d be right in thinking that a WWII setting is the perfect place for all out violence and that’s exactly what you get, but like with all his other films, the suspence is often the best part. Okay, maybe the violence is pretty good too.

There are some bits of the plot that irked me though, like the giving away of the number of glasses he wants by gesturing on his hand wasn’t the “German three” (although having known some Germans this isn’t entirely out of the realms of possibility – it just doesn’t sit right) and the fact that the four biggest leaders of the Nazi party would actually be in the same room at once would never ever have happened.

Still, the plight of the basterds never lets up, and you can’t help but feel sympathetic to their vengence.

It’s once again nice to see a strong female character in a Tarantino film. Very rarely do you see it in general, and very rarely does it feel so natural.

“ARRIVA-DERCHE”

~ by shepherdnick on October 8, 2011.

2 Responses to “Inglourious Basterds”

  1. I forgot to press post last night. Wups. Also – not my best work, I was hungover and tired and only did one thing yesterday: watch Inglourious Basterds

  2. “Gratzi.”
    That German 3 finger thing is actually correct, according to a few articles I have read. So true in fact that German members of the Inglorious Basterds set crew were completely unaware that Brits used the index, middle and ring finger, until they were actually working on that scene.
    That being said though that German officer would not have sussed me out, as I inadvertently use the German thumb index and middle finger method anyway, as it is a lot easier to do.
    Completely agree on the opening scene though, although basterds isn’t my favourite of Tarantino’s work it is right up there, and when Christopher Waltz is talking to that French farmer, and you see the Jewish family under the floor I have never felt so much fear for anyone, even in a horror film.
    Waltz was brilliant, he just made this holly jolly fellow into one of the most horrific characters in movie history, and all he did was be civil, drink milk and point at the floor.

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