Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Inglourious Basterds

Genre: Action & Adventure
I couldn't sleep last night due to the heat. So I watched "Inglourious Basterds", the Tarantino war flick. Its really a homage to the silly war movies of the 1960s and 1970s/80s, ie the "Dirty Dozen", "Inglorious Bastards etc.. If you're into pretty women getting shot, strangled and explicit autopsy type of violence, then this film is for you. If you prefer not to have the mental image of a beautiful blonde woman getting strangled by a homo nazi, then I suggest you look away.

Its a Tarantino movie so there's a lot of dialogue but the man has lost his touch. The dialogue in his films has lost its charm - compared with Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs even Jackie Brown. Now his films seem to be too stylized - its like someone pretending to be too clever or too Tarantino. I found them a bit boring, like a long joke that's taking the Uncle half an hour to tell it and the punch line falls a bit flat.

Nonetheless it did have some magic moments and some good acting. I liked the British actor. And Diane Kruger aka Bridget von Hammersmark had quite a few choice lines.

Lt Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt): "I want to get into that cinema..."
Bridget (Diana Kruger): "In case its escaped your attention, my leg has a bullet in it, your men can't speak German and there's a pile of dead Nazis in the next room."
Lt Aldo Raine: "Well I can speak some Eye-talin (italian)."
Bridget: "Yeah, probably as well as your German; is there any language you stupid Americans can speak apart from English?"
Aldo: "No, we speak Americann, lady."

(Or something to that effect)

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