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The Truth About "Inglourious Basterds"

There is only one question you have to ask yourself, to Quentin or not to Quentin. People go into movies such as “Inglourious Basterds,” thinking it’s a standard comedy with some violence thrown in. People who are not expecting classic Tarantino beware, this movie is just that. From the director that brought you “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill,” and “Pulp Fiction,” comes something I’ve always wanted from him, a war movie.
No director or writer does blood the way he does. It’s not about the gore but it’s about the imagery that goes alongside the blood and guts. As you have undoubtedly seen in the trailers for this movie, ‘The Basterds,” carve a swastika into some Nazis foreheads. The final scene of the movie shows an up-close depiction of this happening. If you squirm, you will squirm and if you don’t like blood, maybe this isn’t the movie for you.
Of course there is more to this movie than blood and guts. I was actually surprised at the lack of blood and guts at times but knowing the directors style, long dialogue was to be expected. Quentin recently sat down with Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and discussed what he thinks of his own movie dialogue, “It’s not poetry, but kinda, it’s not music, but kinda, it’s not rap, but kinda, it’s not a stand-up monologue, but kinda, it’s all of those together…” Couldn’t of said it better myself.
Elegant is a word to describe such a movie. Everything from a tossed cigarette, to a shared desert is done in a lavish, over the top manner which includes perfect music and just the right close ups and angles. The acting within the movie is brilliant, with Brad Pitt giving one of the more unique and rememberable performances of his career. Christoph Waltz, appearing in his first ever American film was brilliant as the head of Nazi security. His ruthless style is drummed up as the other characters reference his “dark past,” which is never revealed in the film.
Here’s the truth about “Inglorious Basterds.” Go see it because you want to see a great movie. Go see it because you love Quentin Tarantino. Go see it because you want to see Nazis getting beat. Don’t go see it because you thought just because Tarantino put a huge star into a movie about World War II, it would be anything less than a dialogue driven, lengthy masterpiece by the director of blood.

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