When the trailer for Inglorious Basterds came out, I didn’t have much interest in seeing the film. I basically pictured Kill Bill set in Nazi Germany. While that may be potentially awesome, I felt like the trailer left out any hints of a story or plot beyond “killin’ Nazis.” So I let some time pass, and then along came an opportunity to see it for free. Now, ‘free’ can be a very good motivator to do something that you normally wouldn’t do otherwise. So, I set off to sit through Inglorious Basterds, expecting the usual Tarantino fare which I figured I’d probably enjoy anyways, despite my hesitation from the trailer. Instead, what I saw completely blew away my expectations.
I’m not going to bother trying to touch on any plot points or elements of the story, because the film is set up in 5 chapters, and each chapter feels like it’s own short film, even though they are all directly related. What’s more important, and more worth reviewing (to me) is the unbelievable amount of tension that saturates each chapter. Tarantino really does an incredible job of creating a scene for his actors to really dive into and swim around. Each scene plays out considerably longer than a typical film would usually let on, but I feel that really lets the characters come to life, and really gives the tension a chance to build and eventually explode.
I’m finding it hard to write anything else. So I’m just going to boil it all down. Most of the acting and dialogue are incredible. I expect an Oscar nomination for Christoph Waltz who plays Col. Hans Landa, the main antagonist in the film. Melanie Laurent also gives a terrific performance as Shosanna Dreyfus, and does a great job of allowing the audience to really feel every ounce of emotion that she experiences. As for Brad Pitt and the Basterds, their performances are good enough. They seem a bit like caricatures from different American regions that aren’t terrible, but aren’t that great either. They’re just good enough to keep things moving without taking you out of the story.
So there you go, loads of drama and intensity, terrific performances, and pure gratification make Inglorious Basterds an incredibly enjoyable and satisfying film to watch.