Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mac Thinks the Basterds is the Beloved Son

EIMER NOTE: With the Academy Award nominations announced early this week, my buddy Mac, who has contributed reviews for such movies as The Wrestler, There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, sent me an note about his admiration for Quentin Tarantino's latest opus Inglourious Basterds. So without further adieu...
The very last line of Quentin Tarantino's latest film Inglourious Basterds has Brad Pitt saying: "This just might be my masterpiece." Now, whether Quentin is trying to say something or not is not for me to decide. But I will say, in my own opinion, that 'Inglorious Basterds' is Tarantino's best movie since 'Pulp Fiction'.

Like many of Tarantino's movies, Basterds has a killer opening scene. But this one is set in Nazi occupied France in the early years of the WWII. Christoph Waltz plays 'The Jew Hunter', a nazi colonial ordered to find all the jews in France. It's his dialogue and his mannerisms that really give the opening scene the intense juice that it has and really paves the way for the rest of the film.

The Basterds themselves are not in as many scenes as who might think given the film's title. Brad Pitt might be badly miscast as LT. Aldo Raine but he makes the most out of it and his scenes in the end of the movie are hilarious. As a matter of fact, all the American performances pale in comparison to all the European ones during the movie. Diane Kruger is really enjoyable to watch as Bridgett VonHammersmark. The Austrian actress is deeply involved in a developing plot with the Basterds to blow up a movie theater that will have Hitler and his top officers inside, watching the
newest Nazi propaganda movie with it's star soldier playing himself.

Melanie Laurent is also memerable as the young theater owner who has her own plans for the Nazis. Keep in mind that Tarantino is rewriting war history with this movie because what they do to Hitler and the boys can only be concieved from some jewish wet dream.

But is sure is fun as hell to watch.

Inglourious Basterds has been nominated for 8 oscars. Christoph Waltz will be winning one of them for sure. But also watch out for Best Picture. There are many members of the academy who are jewish. They might not want to see James Cameron up at the podium with his new 'Jeff Daniels' haircut saying something like he's 'King of the world' again.

EIMER NOTE: Thanks Mac. I tend to agree. However, after seeing The Hurt Locker, I think the Academy will want to make history by giving best director, followed by Best Picture, honors to a female Kathryn Bigelow - a first for director in the Academy's existence. Hey, it's politics.

Although the Academy may pull an 'Ang Lee' and give Bigelow Best Director for Locker and ex-husband James Cameron Best Picture honors for Avatar.

However, wouldn't it be cool if Basterds knocked 'em all dead?

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