Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Inglourious B**terds
(no swearing on the nugget)

Quentin Tarantino's 6th (ish, depending on how you quantify Kill Bill) film is more of the same. But different. But great. He's taking a fairytale approach to the events of Nazi occupied France. And what a yarn it is that he's telling.

It starts with one of the more tense scenes I've seen in a while. There's a joke about languages (or at least the audience I saw it with laughed, not sure it was actually intended as a joke) in the beginning of the film that ends up being a good example of what is ahead in the movie.

The advertising is centered around Brad Pitt. As it should be, he's one of the leads, but he's not necessarily the main character. The title of the film is really a small portion, maybe a third of the film. We're diced up cinematically in a couple different directions throughout. The most compelling being the tale of a young Polish girl, Shoshanna. We also follow the badass Basterdos.

The film is alternatively talky (classic QT) and action packed (but not as gory as the deaths of the Crazy 88, obviously). There are good pieces of long drawn out scenes. But instead of boring you to death (proof) he does a nice job of mixing the scenes and characters.

What's new is that QT isn't as in your face with all of his cinema references. This is as subtle as he's ever going to get, and I think it's just enough. What's the same is soundtrack wise: we get some David Bowie, we get some of his old music from his previous entries. The fonts from Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and some others are back in the beginning (in fact, he uses 5 different fonts in the opening credits). We get chapters again. I think pretty soon, we're going to be just reading his scripts on the screen, no actors.

But as always, it's a great movie even with any flaws attached. The acting really adds to the film. The best two actors are people I've never seen before. The actor who plays Shoshanna and the man who plays our German counterpart, Hans Landa (the "Jew Hunter"). I wouldn't be surprised to see their names on the list of award nominated actors at the end of this year.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?
Probably. I saw Kill Bill vol. 1 in theaters 3 times.

Would you rent it?

Would you buy it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?
At any time of day.


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