Patriotic Movie Review: "Inglourious Basterds"

Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

Rating: R
Length: 153 minutes
Release Date: August 21, 2009
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Adventure / War / Drama

"Inglourious Basterds" is an adventure war film that takes place during World War II and stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger. Tarantino was inspired by a 1978 Italian movie ''Inglorious Basterds," which was also based during the World War II. It took 10 years for Quentin Tarantino to finish writing this movie, as he struggled with the ending. The wait was definitely worth it because the result is a movie that audiences can watch over and over again. The movie went into production in October 2008, and the filming took place in Germany and France. It premiered in May 2009 at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. In August 2009, it was released to movie theatres all over the United States and Europe.

This exhilarating movie tells a story of two plots with a common goal to kill as many Nazis as possible. On one side is a young theatre owner Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), who, as a Jewish refugee, witnesses her family being murdered by German colonel Hans Landa (Waltz). Shosanna becomes determined to avenge the deaths of her family. On the other side is a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers whose goal is also to eliminate anyone who coincides with the Nazis and their regime. This group is led by Lieutenant Aldo "The Apache" Raine, played Brad Pitt. The plan of both plots is to carry out an attack during a movie premiere of a Nazi propaganda film "Nation's Pride" at Shosanna's theatre. As the story describes the preparation of these two well-thought out plans to bring down the Nazis, Tarantino takes the audience on a ride through funny, delightful, bloody and unforgettable experiences throughout his fictional World War II film. Nothing else can be expected from Tarantino, as he has again and again proved that his vision and production of movies leave the audience pumped up and ready for more.

With "Inglourious Basterds," Tarantino shows a side of World War II that has never been shown in any other movie. While other World War movies focus on historical facts, Tarantino brings a lot more to the table. He manages to use dark comedy and bring together different aspects of love, violence, drama, disappointments, mistakes, murders, comedy and friendship. The movie is also full of incorrect historical facts, but that is what makes this movie so different. It is not meant to be a run down of historical facts as every other World War II movie is. Tarantino allows audiences to laugh while watching murders, violence and other outrageous situations.

Brad Pitt's interpretation of  Lieutenant Aldo "The Apache" Raine also carries amazing entertainment value, and it is truly pleasure to watch him in this role, even though he is displayed in some very bloody scenes. Some people with weak stomachs might have a difficult time watching some scenes, but the funny side of this movie makes it easier to support. And while audiences watch this black comedy, they cannot help but think about the side of World War II that was never seen or taught.

The end of the movie, the part that Tarantino had so much difficulty working on, is just as exhilarating as the rest of the movie. The two plots to kill Nazis in the movie theatre finally come together, and it once again demonstrates Tarantino's taste for bloody scenes. For anyone who is a fan of Tarantino's movies and eccentric writing and directing style, "Inglourious Basterds'' does not leave audiences disappointed. This genre that Tarantino created on his own with black comedy, unusual characters, chilling music and lots of blood continues to grow and gain a cult following all around the world.

The success of "Inglourious Basterds" is not surprising, as the film was very well received by nationwide audiences and movie critics from the time of its release. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including one for Best Picture, and Christoph Waltz won in the Best Supporting Actor category. It also won the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actor Award, the BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award. Many say that the success of this movie was brought on by Twitter, as many positive reviews were posted on this social media website, and good words about it spread very quickly. On the first night in North America, "Inglourious basterds" earned $14.3 million. The movie in total earned over $321.4 million worldwide, and it was Tarantino's highest-grossing movie until 2012 when "Django Unchained'' was released.