Friday 2 October 2009
Movie Review 1 - Inglourious Basterds
There were two reasons why I was super excited to see this movie:
1. Quentin Tarantino just happens to be my favorite director.
2. This would be the first Brad Pitt movie I'd ever see!
The movie is set in German occupied France, and is seen through the eyes of several characters. There is Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his rag-tag team of Jewish-American soldiers, out to kill all the Nazis. There's Shosanna Dreyfus, a Jewish woman, plotting revenge against the Nazis, Hans Landa in particular.
Being a film student (two years ago!) I kept my eyes open for references Tarantino would use in the movie, since this is one of Tarantino's specialty. But I got so engrossed in the performances, and Tarantino's sheer art, that I was transfixed throughout.
The plot of the movie is seamless. Not a single scene, sequence, dialogue seems out of place. For me, however, the most outstanding performances were by Christopher Waltz as Hans Landa, and Brad Pitt as Aldo Raine. Christopher Waltz, in particular, was par excellence in his portrayal of the "Jew Hunter". His opening scene with the French farmer was heart pounding. Landa's silent cruelty sends chill down the spine. And of course, to put a cherry on the cake, Waltz received the best actor award at Cannes 2009! Brad Pitt, with his southern drawl and his under bite is simply masterful!
There is another important character in the movie - Shoshanna Dreyfus, played by Melanie Laurent. I suppose her character was shaped as a means to show the world Tarantino's immense knowledge of movies. Her character oozes noir. The best scene featuring her is where Landa asks the waiter to get her a glass of milk, when they share a Strudel. And there is her epic plan to kill all the Nazis, including her pursuer, Frederick Zoller.
To conclude, the movie was superbly entertaining. Even my mom enjoyed it! The actors were magnifique, the screenplay was superb, the story was...I'm really running out of words here! So let me just give this movie 5/5, because I really did not find anything wrong with it. It is Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction.
Final verdit: MUST WATCH!