Monday, 23 July 2012

Inglorious Basterds

World War II and the Nazis; a topic that so many directors have taken on. There's so many different areas you can delve into and unwind; The Holocaust, the actually war, the devastating effects back home, and Inglorious Basterds took the more difficult option of looking at a really emotional intense aspect of this horrific period of time. It's directed by Quentin Tarantino, so the chances are it'll be good. With eight Oscar nominations behind it last year, and everyone claiming it as a masterpiece, can it really be as intense and horrifically good as it's made out to be? 

Inglorious Basterds follows a group of people, known as the Basterds, as they attempt to take down Hitler and the Nazi organisation within Nazi occupied France. They're plan is simple, burn down the cinema where there is a mass gathering of all of the German organisation's leaders. However, two other rebels are using the same strategy, but a different method, unbeknownst to each other. With two methods taking place, all of the world's greatest killers in one room, and time running out, can either of them pull off the greatest mass assassination in history? 

I can start by saying that Inglorious Basterds was very well put together. The twist it takes half way through is sudden, surprising and very effective, and all following twists and turns are impressive. The plot starts quite simply, but once you meet all of the protagonists and antagonists, the story really thickens and we're left with a really deep, emotional and moving story. The film ends on a low for the characters, but on a high for us, as we know that part of the film is true, and there really were people on our planet like the nasty, arrogant characters in the film. And we know that they got what was coming to them, and that they really did deserve all of it. 

The acting in this film is also to a very high standard. The highlight of the film has got to be Christoph Waltz (winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar last year, for this role), portraying a horrible leading Nazi, in four different languages. He does so with ease, and makes portraying a villain look damn easy! Diane Kruger playing the German/French/English/(insert nationality here) was also very good, and her scenes were very intense and well produced. Brad Pitt also deserves a mention for his portrayal as the leading Bastard, a brave and courageous soldier. E also carries the film along nicely, and pulls off the strong American accent easily. 

Inglorious Basterds was also incredibly well directed. Tarantino was never set to disappoint. He gained an Oscar nomination last year, but lost out to Kathryn Bigelow for the incredibly overrated "The Hurt Locker". There are some really intense scenes, and some very impressive sequences that are at his hand, and they are all executed with perfection. There are also a handful of extremely emotional moments in the film, some of which could bring you close to tears, and the direction and acting all majorly contribute towards the effect given off. 

Inglorious Basterds is an 18 certificate for a reason, I'm telling ya'! Firstly, it's about World War II and opens with a very disturbing and grippingly intense scene (MINOR SPOILER) where a Nazi has discovered that there are Jews hiding in refuge under the floorboards of the house he is in. He discretely orders his troops to come in, and they immediately shoot through the floor with machine guns, ripping the floor to shreds and killing the people under it. The music is horrible, and intense, and the whole scene is not in the least pleasant to watch. There are also scenes of people's scalps being cut clean off, swastikas being carved deep into living character's forehead, and a Nazi being beaten to death with a wooden bat. 

To Summarise: Quentin Tarantino delivers another great effort with "Inglorious Basterds", a violent, yet emotionally satisfying and horrifically intense piece of work; prepare to be amazed.

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