I'd like to stress the fact, however, that I am not a fan of Quentin Tarantino's work. I don't hate it, but I don't go all crazy for his next movie. This may be blasphemous to some, but I did not enjoy "Pulp Fiction." Of course, I haven't watched it in a long time, so maybe another foray into that territory will end with a different result. But for right now, meh...
The main thing that gets me with Tarantino movies is the gore. Some might say that the amount of blood is comical, but I just can't handle it (As I type that, I can't help but giggle. One of my favorite trilogies is Evil Dead.). That's my first opinion for this movie. It wasn't a gore-fest. There were, of course, points at which I closed my eyes and covered my face until the squishing or slashing sounds dissipated, but in a normal Tarantino film, this would have happened numerous times. I would have probably missed 50% of the movie. It's one of the reasons that I don't really watch scary movies, either. Give me a rom-com with a happy ending, thank you.
Ok. So we've decided that the gore factor was acceptable. What else?
The characters created for this film were brilliant, and I very rarely say statements like that. Brad Pitt's character alone would get me to see this movie again. It wasn't only him, though. The whole cast was great, and they performed so very, very well. On top of that, they were given exemplary dialogue and plot devices. I don't want to ruin it for anyone that sees it, but I'd like to say "bonjorno" to all of the people who have seen it.
If you don't want to spoil the movie, do not read any further. I am going to talk pretty in-depth about the storyline and whatnot, so run away quickly if you want to enter into the movie completely ignorant to its contents.
Ok. Moving forward.
I will say that I was kind of frustrated when Tarantino killed off Hugo Stiglitz. He was an awesome character, and the minute we get to know him, bang. He's gone. Of course, he dies in pretty amazing scene, but I wanted to keep him around for longer, because he was just a total badass. I mean, seriously. The badassery was palpable. It was a shame to see him go, and in honor of his departure, I'd like to put down a series of quotes from the movie:
[Maj. Hellstrom aims his Walther at Lt. Hicox's genitals under a table.]
Maj. Dieter Hellstrom: That was the sound of my Walther pointed right at your testicles.
[Lt. Hicox quietly aims his.]
Lt. Archie Hicox: That makes two of us.
[Sgt. Stiglitz comes up behind Maj. Hellstrom and aggressively forces his gun into Maj. Hellstrom's crotch.]
Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz: That makes three of us.
Another great thing about this movie is that it took historical fact and threw it completely out of the window. Instead of killing himself in a bunker, Hitler is shot to death by two of the Inglourious Basterds with dynamite strapped to their ankles. This dynamite, of course, goes off soon after in a fantastic display of special effects. And we all know we love to see a movie theater blown to bits. Well, we love to see anything blown to bits, really.
All in all, this was a great movie, and I highly recommend it. Two thumbs way, way up, Ebert and Roeper!
That's all for this review. I'll leave you with a final series of quotes from the movie...
Lt. Aldo Raine: I need to know about Germans hiding in trees. And you need to tell me right now.
Sgt. Werner Rachtman: I respectfully refuse, sir.
Lt. Aldo Raine: Actually, Werner, we're all tickled to hear you say that. Quite frankly, watching Donny beat Nazi's to death is the closest we ever get to going to the movies.
[shouts offscren] Donny!
Sgt. Donny Donowitz (also known as The Bear Jew): [from offscreen] Yeah?
Lt. Aldo Raine: Got us a German here wants to die for country. Oblige him.
P.S. Go see the movie.