Inglourious Basterds Review – A Black Comedy Tribute to World War II

When the trailers of Inglourious Basterds were making the rounds, appearing left, right and centre on televisions and billboards, all we knew were the out-of-left-field, blood thirsty lieutenant Raine, played by Brad Pitt. It seemed a quirky enough reason to go see this movie, and check out what Quentin Tarantino was getting at with his spin on World War II.

Five minutes into the movie, it was quickly apparent that the star of the movie was the antagonist of the story, a German SS officer Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz. The combination of the director’s touch and Christoph’s acting grabbed my attention from the get go and it was mesmerizing the way he played wisegolfers out his mind game, and gradually broke down the spirit of the man suspected of hiding Jews.

The three intertwining stories in Inglourious Basterds saw Landa pitted against Raine, both striking fear into their enemies hearts by contrasting fashion. Landa with his calculating and ominous presence; Raine with his band of uncanny and cruel Basterds. Since the first appear of the Basterds, they constantly provided violence and comedy, as you would associate with Tarantino’s work. The theme of propaganda as a weapon in war was obvious everywhere. From the nicknames for Landa and individual members of the Basterds, to various propaganda movies by the Nazis.

As you watch the movie, in case you did not already know, you would soon realise that this movie was fictional, and the sooner you let go of the mentality of watching a World War II movie in the strictest sense the better you can enjoy this. Overall, this was a great movie.

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