Inglorious Basterds. Interestingly Bloody.

29 08 2009

Before I begin I must confess that I haven’t got the greatest Quentin Tarantino knowledge (I’m not even sure if I’ve spelt his name right!). I haven’t seen Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction or either of the volumes of Kill Bill. I know, I know I have a huge list of films I "should have seen".
There are two things I know about Quentin Tarantino:1. He likes blood and gore.
                                                                                                 2. He is a bit crazy.

These points clearly come across in his new film Inglorious Basterds. I went to see this film unsure whether I would like it or not. I mean I can handle gore to a certain extent but from what I’ve heard Tarantino takes it to the next level. Plus, I wasn’t really sure what the film was about, the trailer doesn’t even include the full title nevermind a proper idea to the plot. At least it didn’t give everything away though as trailers tend to do these days.

From the minute the film began I knew it wasn’t going to be what I had expected. The film was spilt into different sections. The first of which introduced a evil yet strangely likeable character named Col. Hans Landa. Unexpectedly humerous and intellegent he seemed to portray the nazis in a different light. I eventually grew to hate him mind.

The camera work and interlinking of different sections of the film was cleverly done. The plot to me was unpredicatable and characters lives were not guarenteed. I also found the film quite funny at times. The majority of the cinema audience seemed to agree. As for the violence and gore it did seem a bit over the top at times. Without wanting to reveal too much, my scalp felt sore during certain scenes. For the majority of the film I feel the violence was required, obviously due to the nature of the topic and because it just wouldn’t be a Quentin Tarantino film if it didn’t involve a bit of gore. I did make me stop and wonder what a danger Tarantino would be to the public if he wasn’t making films.

Brad Pitt was obviously played a key role and once I got over his odd accent I actually quite enjoyed his character. For me however, it was the foreign and lesser known actors than shone. Such as Chistoph Waltz who played Col. Hans Landa, Melanie Laurnet who played one of the few women roles, Eli Roth known throughtout the film as "The Bear Jew" and who also directed the film within the film "Nation’s Pride" (thanks IMDb) and Til Schweigher who provided both the loudest laughs and the most gruesome killings as Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz.

To my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed Inglorious Basterds and may now have to finally watch those fore-mentioned Tarantino films.

As a footnote I guess I should mention that three different couples walked out during the film so I guess it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea…