Monday, August 31, 2009
Cinema as Time Machine
Inglourious Basterds is practically a perfect film. I already want to see it a second time, and I just saw it yesterday. Most will admit that Quentin Tarantino does a lot of things right as a director-- and he considered this one his epic movie.
In an earlier review, I mentioned that 2 and a half hours is too damned long for a movie-- but this film is over 2 and a half hours, and none of it is wasted. The only bits I found lengthy were the bar scene which perhaps could have been cut down a tad, but it all still works.
The movie is a revenge fantasy for Jews wronged by Germans during WWII. The Basterds are a group of Americans and switched Germans intent on destroying any Nat-zees around. While Brad Pitt is excellent, and his Italian character towards the end is often brilliant-- the best actor in the movie is Austrian Christopher Waltz who plays the super-villain "Jew Hunter".
Anyone who loves the cinema owes it to themselves to see this film. It's the first movie since Pulp Fiction to rival Pulp Fiction in its sheer audacity.