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The Less Desirables Movie of the Week, brought to you by the Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables, a/perture Cinema, is Inglourious Basterds. The film is a Quentin Tarantino production and stars Brad Pitt, Mèlanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz, along with a great supporting cast.
Per IMDb: “In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre (sic) owner’s vengeful plans for the same.”
I’m not going into great detail of the film plot because the film is too detailed and it’s worth watching (more than once?) to have me lay the plot down in front of you. I will, however, give a synopsis: Brad Pitt, BJ Novak (of The Office fame), Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, et al are an unconventional band of Jewish soldiers, called the “Inglourious Basterds,” that are commissioned by the US Government to go to Europe to use their own brand of justice on Nazi soldiers to obtain information about the plans of the Third Reich. They’re looking for ways to get directly to Hitler and his main henchmen. They don’t care who they have to run through to get there. They don’t care how, either. They carve a swastika into those they allow to live to always show that they’re Nazis.
Shoshanna Dreyfus’ whole family was killed when SD Standartenfuhrer Hans Landa hunts them down in rural France. She escapes and becomes Emmanuelle Mimieux, a movie theater owner. She is forced (under the guise of “suggestion”) to premiere the propaganda film of Joseph Goebbels after becoming the target of interest from Fredrick Zoller, a sniper who had killed 250 in a single battle and the subject and star of Goebbels’ film. Hitler, Goebbels and all the important d-bags are going to be there. Mimieux meets face to face with Hans Landa and he starts questioning her about her past. He says he must be thorough with his investigation if the Fuhrer and his disciples are to be in the theater, after all.
By way of a film star double agent, the Basterds team up and put in motion a plan to plant explosives in this theater. They meet and have an altercation in which half of them are killed along with some Nazis in a blazing gun fight. The actress and the Basterds that didn’t meet in the tavern are only ones left alive and the actress is wounded. Those who survive decide to go ahead with the plan. What they don’t know is that Miss Mimieux has plans of burning down her own theater using the flammable nitrate film that she has a shload of in storage. She wasn’t going to do this, however, until she creates a film with her boyfriend letting them all know who killed them.
The rest of it is classic Tarantino. He’s almost as bombastic as Michael Bay, but much more crafty. You’ll have to watch to see how it ends if you don’t know. And again, I’m definitely just skimming the surface. There’s a lot of substance that I’m leaving out.
This film is worth a watch, if not two. I always knew I dug some Tarantino films, but I’m discovering that I am really into his films. I have a rule that I’ll not watch a film on TV if I miss the opening credits. If Pulp Fiction comes on and it’s halfway through, I’ll still watch it. I love that film. I also loved Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs. I also dug, much to everyone else’s chagrin, both Kill Bills as well as Death Proof. He didn’t direct but wrote most of Natural Born Killers. I haven’t seen Jackie Brown, although I’m told I should.
The film is heavy on the violence but just like Django it is very much dark comedy violence that is, yes, quite “Tarantinoian” and over-the-top. The acting is great and entertaining. The imagery is vibrant and the alternative historical account is plausible. There is some suspension of disbelief needed and warranted but the passenger in this ride won’t be disappointed. Rotten Tomatoes rates it 89% Fresh and it has an audience score of 87%. I watched this film on Netflix and recommend it highly, rating it 5 stars. Have you seen it? Do you agree with me? Drop me a line and let me know. I think it’s worth your time if you’ve not seen it.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“Oooh, that’s a bingo! Is that the way you say it? ‘That’s a bingo?'” – Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz)