Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s latest film which takes place during World War II when the Nazi’s occupied France. A group of Jewish-American soldiers form a small task force whose only objective is scalping and killing Nazi’s. There is also a German soldier who has been deemed a war hero for having killed 300 enemy soldiers in 3 days from a bell tower; a movie has been made to commemorate this feat. The film is to debut in a small cinema in France with several high ranking Nazi officers, including Hitler, scheduled to attend. I will stop the synopsis here, I do not wish to unveil to many more details about the plot of the movie to avoid spoiling the movie for anyone who has yet to see it.
I am a fan of most of Tarantino’s work so I was anxious to see this film and I was not disappointed. I feel like this film is classic Tarantino from beginning to end. The biggest caveat is this film contains some grisly content so if you have a weak stomach for blood and gore you might want to avoid this film or turn your head. The gore does not dominate the film, in fact if I were to compare this to some of his other films, its mild. I’m not really a Brad Pitt fan but I did enjoy his role as Lt. Raine, the leader of the crew killing the Nazi’s and the only big ticket name in this film. There are a few cameo’s (I will let you watch the movie to find out who) but most of the actors in the film are unknowns but don’t let that deter you, the acting is very good.
I’m not a history buff nor do I know anything about specific events that happened during World War II but the movie credits said that the film was based on true events. Personally I feel that the only parts of this film that were based on true events was World War II. As you progress through the movie there are events that obviously do not depict actual historical events but that doesn’t, nor should it, take away from the film. I’d say if you are a Tarantino fan, or even if you are not, I would recommend this film; I really enjoyed it.