Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Inglorious Bastards (2009)

Inglorious Bastards, 2009, USA
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Diana Kruger, Melenie Laurent and Christoph Waltz

"We're gonna be doin' one thing and one thing only... Killin' Nazis"

I don't know what Tarantino was trying to do with Inglorious Bastards. It's a film about war and violence and ruthless killing which is what Tarantino is all about. It also is based during the Second World War which is a genre that U.S film makers love. It contains some of the classic Quentin esk, but this just feels a bit out of place.

Tarantino films are famously weird, and films like Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown leave you with your head spinning and with lots of rhetorical questions you find yourself asking. Inglorious Bastards is nothing like that, and I'm struggling to believe that this film was both written and directed by the man behind Reservoir Dogs. It follows the stories of several characters all involved in the destruction of a cinema full of nazis including Hitler himself. The plot is pretty simple and even though there is a lot of character and sub-plot overlapping, the film lacks depth.

Acting is ok. There is a group of 8 men who call themselves the 'bastards' and devote their lives to killing nazis. These guys are bad guys, but they're on our side so it's ok! They are led by Brad Pitt's character, Aldo Raine. the guy is a true 'bastard' so we can admire Pitt's performance, although the development of this character was not very good. It didn't help that the two leading female characters looked quite similar! However both Kruger and Laurent performed well and both showed aspects of bastardism. The greatest of all characters in this film would have to be the ruthless and horrid Jew hunting Hans Landa, superbly played by Christoph Waltz. The guy was sooo evil and obnoxious, but you couldn't help but love him.

As always, Tarantino begins his play with a beautiful, yet slightly errelivent opening scene which, as always, demonstrates Quentin's beautiful cinematography as a camera panes around a discussion between men around a table. It's fantastic. The entire 'chapter' idea was really successful, but I can't help but feel that there is something missing from this film. It's too main stream for Tarantino and way too basic. It's not bad, but it's also not the classic psychological thought creator I would expect from this director.

**1/2 (2.5)

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