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Sunday, September 6, 2009
Daniel Bruhl as Nazi war hero, Frederick Zoller
One word to describe Inglourious Basterds: ENIGMATIC
Inglourious Basterds truly captures the enigmatic thanks to both the script and the extremely impressive acting. Here I insert the name CHRISTOPH WALTZ (not the guy in the picture above) x infinity. Christoph (who plays the cruelly polite Hans Landa) is a beauty to watch upon the screen. He charms and generates genuine giggles, but under every word he utters, pure violence and fear is waiting. Creating Hans Landa to be such a supremely intelligent (almost supernaturally so) villain, playing against Brad Pitt's pure-brute-no-brains Lt. Aldo Raine, ties into Tarantino's other use of the enigmatic in regards to the actual message of the film...
You can watch Inglourious Basterds two different ways: you can take everything for surface thrills and replay "America Rocks, Go Jews" in your head throughout the movie. With this strategy, you leave the film entertained and satisfied. Or you can take the more emotionally tumultuous route and read into everything, drowning in Tarantino's ambiguity and frightening sarcasm. It is difficult to watch the film because Tarantino never makes up his mind between the Jews and the Germans. Yes, he mocks Hitler and glorifies Lt. Aldo, but the innocent foot soldiers are whom I am referring to. Many of the German Nazi soldiers are portrayed as compassionate and thoughtful, while many of the Jewish "Basterds" are portrayed as dumb, violence-obsessed robots. It is this strange mix-up that made Inglourious Basterds, to me, an extremely strong film with an extremely radical message. However, you can only see it if you want to.
All ambiguous social critiques aside, Inglourious Basterds is a great film. For all of the nervous Quentin Tarantino disciples out there, this film, if anything, is another gem in his crown of well-made epics. It is nice to be able to find comfort in Tarantino's classic habits, like chapter-by-chapter story separation and the good ol' female protagonist out for revenge...
Signing off, just wanted to say, don't be at all surprised to see Christoph Waltz at the this seasons Academy Awards...