Movie Review: Inglourious Basterds

Title: Inglourious Basterds
Release: 2009
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl.

Okay, so, I need to basically eat my own words here. For years I’ve told people that I didn’t like Inglourious Basterds. I watched a terrible copy of the movie when it first hit the cinemas, and I just didn’t enjoy it at all. However, due to my recent adoration of anything Daniel Bruhl does (and the constant nagging of friends) I decided to rewatch the movie and re-evaluate my opinion. And boy, did I re-evaluate.

I can’t say enough how badly I misjudged this movie. I’ve now watched it twice in two days and I just enjoy it even more each time. I FINALLY GET WHY PEOPLE CALL ELI ROTH THE ‘BEAR JEW’ (seriously, I had no idea why everyone called him that). There’s so many one liners that I’d never realised, and so much fuckery that I wish I’d known about. This movie is the kind of movie that would normally fit into my top 20, and I am so ashamed of myself for misjudging it so badly, I really am.

First of all, the acting. Holy Christ, the acting is fantastic. Brad Pitt’s accent more or less had me breathless (I’m a sucker for a Southern accent, I really am) and Eli Roth had me cracking up because I find his voice so funny (also, is it just me, or does he look a little like Zachary Quinto in this movie?). Every line is delivered beautifully and everything just flows at a such an even and perfect pace.

I’m gonna have to give an honorable mention to to Christoph Waltz and Daniel Bruhl (of course). Really, I don’t know if I should be worried that my favourite characters in the movie were Nazis. Waltz is a fantastic actor, and I just adored him in this – he was so nice and polite but so evil and scheming. His twist near the end had me shaking my finger at the screen. And Bruhl! Oh, how adorable and sweet he was. Seriously, he was like the nicest Nazi ever (okay, until the end, but that more or less results in his death, so.) and he looked so cute in that uniform (like I said, I’m a little worried about myself).

Whole cast is brilliant, and even the small cameos were wonderful (I was on Twitter more or less squealing ‘IS THAT MIKE MYERS?!’). Michael Fassbender was brilliant, and Melanie Laurent was fabulous. I could probably go through the whole cast and just tell you how amazing they were. This really is one of Tarantino’s bests, it really is.

I know it’s silly of me to tell anyone to go watch this movie, because it seems like everyone already has and loved it, and I’m just late to the party. So yes, this is me eating my words and taking back all the negative things I said about it. This movie is fantastic and I am now in love.


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