Inglourious Basterds


Always interesting to watch Brad Pitt try to realize his potential.  He seems to be reaching for more and this reviewer believes it is there.  Whether he will find it remains to be seen.  In any case, he is watchable as an actor.   He doesn’t quite make one forget he is Brad Pitt, but then few do.  That is what sets actors like Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and a modest percentage of others apart.


As for filmmaker and writer Quentin Tarantino, he is what he is.  His narratives will never be seamless.  What he has is the ability to bring the project home in his own style and ambition and deliver the goods.


This particular film is divided into chapters;  big chunks of material with no particular flow from the last or the next.  The Basterds are a group of Jewish soldiers during WW II which, according to the disclaimer at the end, is based on actual events.  They not only hunt Nazis, but terrorize them, leaving their scalped bodies to be found to instill terror into the hearts of the rest.  Did it happen that way?  No independent research by this reviewer, just the disclaimer which suggests that to some extent some of the events portrayed actually did occur.


There is violence, suspense, revenge.  Quentin Tarantino is not for everyone, but this will not waste your time.  Whether you enjoy it or not, your thoughts will likely be provoked.