22 August 2009
Last night I went to see Inglourious Basterds, the new film from Quentin Tarantino. Unless you just came back from a mission to reignite the sun, then you have probably heard about this film. The movie was awesome, it has all the things that make a Tarantino film great (violence, comedy, great music, homage to older films, great dialogue...)
The film is about two separate attempted to kill the German high command at a movie theater in Paris. The movie is set in an alternate universe, so history folks do not need to worry about anything being incorrect.
The Basterds are led by Brad Pitt's character, Aldo Raine. These men are Jewish American soldiers sent to France to perform guerrilla tactics. Raine wants his men to collect Nazi scalps and to basically become the thing of nightmares to the Nazis.
Pitt is hilarious as Raine. As usual, he is one of the coolest actors out there, and this is just another film where he does a fantastic job. Eli Roth plays the Bear Jew, a guy from Brooklyn who likes to beat Nazis with a baseball bat.
On a side note, I forgot how much I hate seeing movie premieres in State College. When Mike Myers came on screen, people started doing Austin Powers lines. Also, in a full movie theater, pulling out your phone to check your text messages is quite annoying.
I also saw something kind of funny while standing in front of my apartment. A couple of older gentlemen were heading into the Rowland to see the movie (how they were able to get a movie opening weekend is beyond me). I wonder if those guys thought it was going to be a serious WWII film.
Everyone knows Dianne Kruger is pretty hot, but I must say I really enjoyed Melanie Laurent. I thought she did an awesome job as Shosanna. And in a sad twist, she dies before seeing her master plan come to fruition. Actually both ladies die before the plan can succeed.
I want to see this again before I decide where it ranks among the rest of Tarantino's films. If you saw it, let me know what you thought.