Inglourious Basterds

  • 2009-08-27
  • By Michael Litvinsky
Director: Quentin Tarantino

Full of unpredictability, style mixing, spiced up with multiple plot lines, the latest picture of a widely known and, with no doubt, very contradictory director Quentin Tarantino 'Inglorious Basterds' does not leave the viewer indifferent. The peculiar cocktail of what, at first, seemed non-mixable, strikes you with the power of an atomic bomb and leaves you in  agony up until the closing titles.

As is usual for Tarantino's films, they are hard to categorize or describe, which actually makes my job very difficult. For most of it, you should see the action on the screen to experience the emotions that you tend to feel, and, what concerns Tarantino's pictures, this simple rule works ten times better. There are practically no words capable of describing what one of the most original film-makers of our time has done. Of every possible feeling known to mankind, he has recreated in only five chapters, not only managing to make fun of the Movie-Making itself (both European and Hollywood, old and new), but also making the viewer cry five seconds after making him laugh and serving it up in an incredibly stylish manner.

To make things clear, it should be said that 'Inglorious Basterds isn't just the usual parody-joke kind of movie, despite the fact that the entourage does look similar to other Tarantino works; it is much deeper and challenging than anything the popular director has done in the past 10 years. It seemed to me that Tarantino intended to show us a completely unrealistic story with an incredible realism in all the action happening on the screen. With the help of a wonderful crew he succeeds in this as well.
The cast, staffed with major movie star Brad Pitt, makes a wonderful impression, both singly and together as a team, delivering a great performance by all means. The presence of so many characters is an absolute wonder for an actor to play and an absolute wonder for the viewer (both experienced and not) to watch.

Slightly departing from the traditionally long and chaotic dialogues, Tarantino adds much more moving, much more action, which only drags you inside the whirlpool of everything happening on the screen. Still, it does not mean that the movie will not include traditional dialogue humor, which is so essential for Tarantino's movies. I can assure you that the admirers of an old-fashioned 'Pulp Fiction' stylistic will not be at all disappointed.

Camera work, so crucial in almost every movie, is executed wonderfully, adding to each part of the film exactly what is needed at the specific moment, the music choice, at first so strange, but after several minutes somehow combining with the performance, the sound stunning you and then making you relax - Tarantino does everything to play with the viewer, tease him, even irritate him, just not leaving him uninterested.

Probably the only thing that can actually put off some of the viewers, as is already becoming tedious, excessive violence, but that's just probably another way to irritate the viewer, and it should not be taken too seriously. 

So, in the end, it is not significant, whether you want to see the film or not, whether you like Tarantino or not, whether you like to go to the movies or not. Whether you are an accidental viewer, or a person writing a film review, 'Inglorious Basterds' will blow your mind away, in one way or another. The bad thing would be to miss a film of such calibre.

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