Saturday, April 10, 2010

Inglourious Basterds - short review

We finally just went & rented Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, after having it at the top of our netflix cue for MONTHS. As a piece of movie-making craft, it's great. Great shots, good acting, lots of good dialog, exciting violence, well-crafted action, that sort of thing. Funnily or not funnily enough, i have the same problem with this one of his movies that i have with his other movies which is his "aestheticization of violence", which i don't have a problem with, but apparently i don't like it when Tarantino does it. I find his treatment of violence off-putting. Anyhow, the movie is a Jewish revenge vehicle, with guiltless slaughter of the Nazis as a central element of the entertainment. As i do not hate Nazis, nor do i even fantasize about the brutal killing of my enemies, real or imagined, i felt that the team of American Jewish soldiers led by Brad Pitt were actually portrayed as worse people than the Nazis if i didn't already come into the movie with the prejudice towards the Nazis. Because of this, i was left with zero characters that i was rooting for, although the SS investigator was the most interesting & well-played role in the movie. Brad Pitt seemed like a miss-cast & his accent was atrocious. This was definitely one of Tarantino's better movies, & it left me feeling less ill than all the others, but there is still something unsettling about his treatment of violence that makes it difficult for me to enjoy his work. I also wonder when someone will cast a Hitler who "feels right".

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