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4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: This movie may not be what you are expecting..., December 21, 2009
This review is from: Inglourious Basterds (Blu-ray + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray)
This movie is really pretty outstanding. The opening scene is intense, frightening, shocking, and appauling all at once, and it sets up the entire film perfectly. I really had no expectations for this movie because I had read so many mixed reviews and none of them really said anything, so I actually thought this was a really good movie although a bit drawn out. The film is artfully done beautifully shot and extremely well acted.

Now here's why you may not like this quite as much as I did and why my wife absolutely HATED it.

What most expected from this movie:
1- Gore, action, and more gore and more action
2- A story that follows the Basterds as they wreak havoc on Hitler's army
3- Maybe a few subtitles as the film does take place in France after all
4- Classic Quentin Tarantino comedic dialogue

What the film actually is:
1- A character driven story HEAVY on dialogue and other than the last 20 minutes extremely light on action with a couple pretty graphic gory bits tossed in. The last 20 minutes is extremely graphic and violent.
2- The story largely follows the young Jewish girl/woman who escapes the opening scene. The Basterds are just kind of there as an afterthought because they are planning to blow up the same theater.
3- This film is conservatively speaking about 80% subtitled and spoken either in German or French.
4- The only part that is really funny (and it is hilarious) is Brad Pitt "speaking" Italian so poorly that Helen Keller could have picked him out as the American in the crowd.

I've read negative reviews about how this film is "war porn" and diminishes U.S. veterans in some way, but this couldn't be further from the truth. First of all this film is pure fiction that just happens to take place during WWII in France. Nothing depicted in this film is based in any way on fact. It is a complete fantasy of what could have possibly happened if Hitler and all the Nazi upper echelon had all decided to go to a jewish owned movie theater to watch a propaganda film.

Overall it is an extremely well made film that does just about everything well. It is a little bit drawn out at over 2.5 hours but like I said it is very well done and the acting is superb. 4.5 stars. I'd recommend it but be sure to have an open mind.

***Update***
My wife wants to watch it again. She thinks that maybe due to the fact that we started this at about 2:00 am might have had an effect on her opinion. We'll see. For me personally after a second viewing I like it even more.
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Initial post: Dec 26, 2009 9:19:18 AM PST
A. J. Rutten says:
Liked your assessment.

I'm a 64 year-old female English/film study and media teacher, retired.

Except for TRUE ROMANCE, I've never seen a Tarentino movie. Not a fan. So I'm hardly the demographic the filmmaker's were trying to attract. grins.

Not a huge fan or "blood spatter" violence, either.

However, I bought ID blu-ray because the critics lauded it, Brad Pitt was in it (I knew the role was small), and it was (supposedly) a revenge on the Nazis pic.

I thought it was STUNNING. The first 20 minutes alone produced so much tension that I almost had "heart failure." (I did pause it a couple times just so I could breathe. grins.)

And I found the construction easy to follow. Drew me in. Kept me riveted.

SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Must admit I did squint my eyes a little during the "scalping" scenes. LOL!.

As far as the subtitles? I use close-captioning ALL the time. No, I don't have a hearing problem. I just like to hear every single word in a movie. So the subtitles didn't bother me at all. Also improves reading speed, people. grins.

And I, too, do NOT see this film as "war porn" at all. It does NOT diminish US veterans in any way. It's a FANTASY, for gawd's sake.

Some people need to UNCLENCH. grins.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2009 11:19:36 AM PST
D. Ferrari says:
Thanks for your reply to my review. I don't do the whole e-mail me when people respond thing, but I check back every so often. I'm glad you liked the movie.

Posted on Jan 29, 2010 1:19:36 PM PST
B. Martin says:
I really liked your review of this movie. I think you made some very good points about what the movie actually was vs. what people expected. I didn't like the movie as much as you did, but it's nice to read a review that sees the movie for what it is: pure fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2010 12:46:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2010 12:48:22 PM PST
I really wish that the movie was more focused on the Basterds. I enjoyed the movie overall, and I would recommend it to most people, but I think Tarantino really misled a lot of people with the title and trailers. I definitely could of used more Nazi killing.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2010 10:54:59 PM PST
Clancey says:
I also liked your review. THe movie was totally different than I thought it would be, and I went to the theater fully expecting it to be mostly violence in pursuit of some sort of revenge fantasy laced with much blood and gore. It had some of that, but I was surprised by the (relative) restraint of the film. I loved the scene in the ghasthaus and, having served in Germany, loved realizing where the Englishman screwed up and gave himself away. I thought the solution to Pitt's final problem was inspired! I went in expecting to see a two star movie and ended up with a four star evening. I only know of three movies I would give 5 stars to, so pretty impressive!

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 10:16:14 AM PST
M. Gardner says:
I watched Inglorious Basterds 2 times now. The first time I was not expecting the movie that Quentin made. I was not in the mood for reading subtitles at the time. I am a huge Quentin fan and thankfully still am. The second time I watched it, I LOVED it. I was watching it without any interruptions at home, and could rewind if I could not finish reading the subs. I have no issues reading subtitles, their are many great foreign films. I was just not expecting it. That is why I found your review so useful - I immediately went online after my 2nd viewing to see if anyone else felt the same way. The movie trailer (I believe) tried to make this look like a big action and comedy movie, however when I sat down and was prepared for a more serious movie I enjoyed it much more. There is plenty of funny moments, and the action is gory, but this movie is much more. It does make me wish that Hitler died in a more hideous way than killing himself in a bunker.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 11:55:22 AM PST
RMurray847 says:
A.J. Rutten, how can you say you're not a Tarentino fan when all you've seen is a movie he wrote, directed by Tony Scott? Until you've at least seen PULP FICTION, I don't think you can make a statement like that. You liked INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS...so perhaps it's time to try PULP FICTION, JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL & RESERVOIR DOGS. Then decide.

Glad you were willing to try the movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2010 5:41:04 PM PST
A. J. Rutten says:
R. Murray, I can say I'm NOT a Tarentino fan because I'm not!! I do NOT care for any of those other films. Never have been a Tarentino fan but do respect his creativity. Just not a fan of the violence. Don't have to hit my hand with a hammer to say I'm not a fan of the pain. I felt I explained my "stand" re" this issue in my above post. Done.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2010 2:01:48 AM PST
Nip-Tuck-Fan says:
If you like the movie in it's best transfer, in a cool steel book - and with additional scenes - look for the German blu-ray (no region problem). Universal there published the best edition. Description of the scene (German) and screen shots : schnittberichte.com/schnittbericht.php?ID=4237485

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 1:41:25 PM PST
D. Ferrari says:
Thanks for all the positive replies. I don't get on here very often so I can't respond individually. I really felt the need to break it down that way because my wife absolutely hated it. The first scene is amazing and terrifying then I started to think a bit of wait a minute. Why is everyone speaking French? Once I settled in though and took in the creativity and artistry on display and combined it with the tension I was sold.
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