Monday, September 21, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

Since the last movie I went to go see was a romantic comedy, I decided to stay in the comedy genre but switch gears a bit and see this movie. Let me tell you - it wasn't at all what I expected.

When I first saw the trailer, I thought this was going to be a typical "shoot em up" type movie. Going into the film, I expected Brad Pitt to lead his small army of "Inglourious Basterds" to victory by finding and hunting down their prey. (In this case, the Nazis. By the way, I love how he pronounces the word "Nazis" in the film). Boy, was I ever wrong.

To my surprise, this turned out to be more than a "shoot em up" and kill them type movie. Sure, there were those parts (very bloody and violent) but it wasn't the entire movie.

It had a story, a good story. And, a very interesting way of storytelling. But, then again this is Quentin Tarantino - his films are interesting and unique. I should have know this.

From the opening scene, I could tell this was going to be a good movie. Yes, there's a lot of dialogue (especially in the opening scene) but the dialogue has a purpose. And, dialogue with purpose help tell the story. (Now, dialogue with no purpose really does not contribute to telling a story at all).

What I enjoyed about this movie was Tarantino's ability to tell a story in a unique way. Similar to Kill Bill, the film is divided into chapters (like a book) and each chapter contributes to make up the pieces of the puzzle (aka the story). In a way, there was a sense of mystery and it kept me guessing throughout the movie - it definitely kept my attention. I wanted more.

In addition, Tarantino was able to take a serious subject by adding humor and being witty at the same time. The man is brilliant. His writing exemplifies true wittiness. And, wit is a very valuable skill to have.

Apart from the story and excellent storytelling presentation, I also liked a few other things. In terms of setting the time period, I noticed the film is very detailed oriented. From the wardrobe to the props to the location settings (set designs), I definitely had a sense of the time period. Also, since this was set in Europe I respect the fact that both French and German languages were also used respectively.

Other things I liked were the different angle shots - it really helped add perspective to the story. (On a side note, I also enjoy Robert Rodriguez' work, Tarantino's buddy, who also uses really good and unique angle shots in his films). Probably the best part of the movie (apart from the story), was the audio. The sounds used and the music were superb - they really added to the story and invoked emotion. And, a film able to evoke emotion is one worth watching.

All in all, I really enjoyed this movie. It wasn't at all what I expected. But, in a good way. I don't want to spoil it for you but let's just say the saying, "That's entertainment!" hold true.

If you're in the mood for a comedy type movie, I highly recommend this one! It's definitely worth the money.

(Note: For another perspective on the film, check out my tweep's, Action Flick Chick, review).

Happy movie watching!

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Action Flick Chick said...

Thanks for the link! This movie definitely wasn't what I was expecting either. Brad Pitt did know how make his dialogue entertaining with his accent though.

Film Gurl said...

Sure, no problem! I know, it wasn't at all what I expected either. Brad Pitt's accent was really fun and believable, I had a great time watching this movie especially with Tarantino's wittiness. Thanks for stopping by! :)