Inglourious Basterds

(update of a previous post – original is here)

Title: Inglourious Basterds
Year: 2009
Length: 153 minutes
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger
Music: non-original music
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Supporting Actor (Waltz); Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing; currently #68 on IMDb’s Top 250

My reaction
Synopsis: “once upon a time in Nazi occupied France”
How I saw it: in the theater, August 2009; on video (have on DVD), a few days ago
Concept: Great.
Story: Great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Great.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). One hell of a movie. Not my favorite Tarantino movie (I’m a big fan of Kill Bill), but certainly his best. The first time I saw it I said I didn’t know what to make of it, except that it kicks ass. Still kicks ass. But it no longer seems to me like a genre-defying extravaganza; it’s purely a Western, and a surprisingly subtle one.
Objective Rating: 4.0/4 (Great).


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